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Fight for Daughter’s Special Needs Leads to Trespass and Possible Felony Charges

UPDATE: 4/7/2016, 11:39 A.M. – According to Danielle Underwood, the State Attorney has decided not to file charged for the 1.5 second audio recording, taken in March 9th.

HERNANDO – It’s not uncommon for parents, teachers, and school administrators to have disagreements over a child’s grades, attendance, curriculum, or any number of issues from time to time. Every child is unique and personalities often clash – resulting in various steps being taken to resolve the issues. There are, however, some cases where circumstances become so contentious that drastic measure are required to subdue the situation.

Danielle Underwood contacted RNRF several weeks ago, to complain about issues regarding her 7-year-old daughter and administrators with Chocachatti Elementary. Underwood says her daughter, Aryana, has several learning disabilities, including High Anxiety, Expressive and Receptive Language Impairment, and possibly Dyslexia, according to Aryana’s Pediatric Psychiatrist, and Speech Pathologist.

Underwood believes her daughter meets the requirements to receive special education services through the individualized Education Program (IEP). But Aryana’s teacher, who we are not identifying, disagrees, and so do Chocachatti Principal, Lara Silva, and the Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Director Cathy Dofka.

Tempers began to flare on both sides, after a March 3rd meeting with Principal Silva and ESE Supervisor Cassandra Hall, where they were to discuss Aryana’s eligibility for ESE. During the meeting, Underwood placed her cellphone on the table to record the conversation. According to Underwood, Hall asked that she not record the meeting, so she immediately stopped recording – Silva also terminated the meeting.

On March 7th Silva met with Underwood and her Daughter, where according to Underwood, Silva downplayed Aryana’s condition – stating “7-year-olds get upset and anxious,” discounting Underwood’s claims that her daughter has legitimate disabilities.

The next day, Underwood took Aryana to her Language Therapist, where without warning; she was met by Detective Joey Stokes of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Surprisingly, Detective Stokes advised Underwood that she was being trespassed from Chocachatti Elementary and that she could be facing felony charges for Interception and disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications violations.

On March 9th, Underwood voluntarily handed over her phone to Detectives, so that they could retrieve the 1.5 second recording of the March 3rd meeting. Assistant State Attorney Juergensmeyer is currently reviewing her case for possible prosecution.

Yesterday, after several requests to meet with Hernando County School Board Superintendent, Lori Romano, Underwood finally met with administrators at the District Office. In attendance were Danielle Underwood, Dr. Lori Romano, Deputy Superintendent, Eric Williams, Principal Lara Silva, Assistant Principal Sarah Trowell, ESE Director Cathy Dofka, Underwood’s Mother, a friend of Underwood who took notes, and Florida Disability Rights Attorney Meghan Collins (Via Phone).

The intent of the meeting was to try and lift the trespass against Underwood and address the ESE issues regarding her daughter. According to Underwood, the atmosphere was hostile and she felt as though administrators were retaliating against her for sharing the story with the media – namely RNRF.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Underwood says Silva refused to lift the Trespass because she claims Underwood has harassed and bullied her for three years. Underwood says those claims are completely untrue, and as proof, she says there are absolutely no verbal or written reports of harassment by Silva over the course of the three years.

Underwood says Attorney Meghan Collins was so astonished at the outcome that she plans to file a formal complaint against the District for violating Aryana’s Civil Rights – by denying her adequate IEP Services.

Underwood says “I feel like I’m being retaliated against because I’m standing up for my child. And what about the maintenance worker who threatened to shoot his coworkers… Why is he still allowed on school grounds?”  Underwood is referring to an incident that we covered, regarding threats made by Maintenance Worker, Ricky Macky, and the ongoing investigation by the School District. ORIGINAL STORY

We contacted the District for comment, and in an email, Public Information Officer Karen Jordan Writes, “The district cannot provide the public with information regarding students’ confidential records or regarding meetings where students’ confidential records were discussed, in compliance with FERPA.  We can say, however, that our March 30 meeting with Mrs. Underwood was an attempt to satisfy her weekly requests to meet with the Superintendent and district administrators and to better understand Mrs. Underwood’s ongoing criticisms of staff and supports at one of Hernando County’s highest performing schools.”

At this time, Underwood is keeping her daughter home from school until the situation can be resolved.

We will continue to bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • Awesome news Danielle! Maybe the hernando county school will stop with their nonsense now! Guess the States Attorneys Office isnt supportive…..

    Chocachatti used to be a good school but that was when Maria Rybka was principal. As soon as Mrs. Silva took over she started changing things without taking parents into consideration. As long as you agree with everything she says and does you are good. The SAC committee is a joke. Why do we have parents on it who have no kids at the school? Good luck for anyone who would like to be on the committee and they dont want a pta there either.

    Danielle much luck in getting your daughter what she needs!

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 3:10 pm
  • Congratulations Danielle! I knew this case would go nowhere and cannot believe that anyone would consider a 1.5 second audio tape a good reason to spend our taxpayers money for a felony charge and conviction. Keep up the fight and I will continue to hope for a resolution regarding the trespassing issue as I cannot imagine sending my child to a school I wasn’t allowed to step foot in. While my son went to Chocachatti and had a great experience, as many other’s have, that doesn’t make it ok for others to be treated like this. I hope all can come together to resolve the issue at hand instead of building walls against each other. It is interesting to me how many people that signed a petition to get rid of our Superintendent were the same people to cozy up to her at the recent Board meeting.

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 2:33 pm
  • Look Nora why don’t you take a step back and look in the mirror you have never acknowledged ur granddaughter ur a complete and utter embarrassing POS.. ur a drunk with not one but two DWI’s and now you wanna have an opinion well why don’t you let Danielle parent her own child and you seek some help for your alcoholism… when was the last time you even seen ur granddaughter or talked to her…ummm ya that would he never so take ur opinion and shove it up ur ass and go have another drink cause you have no clue… so you wanted to get ur opinion known well you are irrelevant you don’t matter so keep ur mouth shut it’s 5 o’clock somewhere isn’t it time for you to have another drink.. and if you had any real clue what was going on you would know that Danielle’s husband ur son supports what Danielle is doing for their daughter so again ur opinion is irrelevant and just BS… so go away now cause ur a failure of a mother and I will be damned if you try and ruin this great family who actually care about their daughters education.. now piss off before ur drink gets cold…
    Have a nice day

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 1:29 pm
  • leave my grand daughter with her father and u Danielle go get some help

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 11:50 am
  • To another parent I don’t believe in coincidence I believe in facts and what this school district principal teachers and members of the community are doing is pretty disgusting and should all be ashamed of themselves for making Danielle look like a bad parent when all she is doing is trying to get the help her daughter needs and deserves.. now if that is being a bad parent or looking for attention or whatever all these negative people are saying guess what then I would rather be a bad patent trying to get attention for my child so he/she get the correct help so she may actually like going to school and rise above all this…I have said it once and I will say it again I stand 100% behind Danielle and pray for her and her family everyday that this issue will be resolved in her favor… Keep up the fight Danielle you are an inspiration to many parents to afraid to step up and speak their minds…

    Thursday, 7 April 2016, 10:20 pm
  • OMG you people are so entertaining..
    It kills me to think you are sitting here in judgment of this mother who is trying to do the best for her child…damn ur kids education and future must not matter to you parents that sit in judgement…have you ever thought what if that was my child??? Obviously not because all ur negativity shows just how much you don’t care about ur child’s education… I give Danielle so much credit for standing up and actually trying to get the help for her daughter to help improve her educational while you sit in judgement of Danielle why not stop and think before you speak about things you have no clue about…and one more thing if it was my child having all these problems I would do the exact same thing as Danielle is…being a parent, an advocate, and showing her daughter when you believe in something you fight for it… so Danielle keep up the fight and know there are parents who are standing behind you 100%…

    Thursday, 7 April 2016, 8:19 pm
    • Angela, Whats really sad is view the Hernando County School Board video (4/5/16) Yes they show teachers uniting, which a wonderful. But they are taking a stand against Danielle, so obvious Coincidence?

      Thursday, 7 April 2016, 8:41 pm
  • Well hello everyone… Just a few points to clear up… I have nothing to hide behind a computer for so Jane citizen when you say I’m some alias you have it all wrong. And as far as you I know who you could be because there are only a select few who see records requests so you have yourself up as working at district . How professional are you? It shows… Next I have never made one records request within the district so guess again that I’m not that person either. You see if I needed to make a request I would use my name and correct email nothing to hide… So sit there and try to guess again on the alias because I am Danielle . Next let me say that of course the state attorney office has decided not to prosecute because there was no crime committed so how do you all feel for assuming to know what happened but not really knowing what happened . Now for the people saying I need a check or money for private school you all are a mess. You have no clue what I have and No I don’t need any of that…. Lastly until you really know what’s going on don’t make yourself look stupid by making assumptions because most of you all look stupid… If you can’t use a real name and have to create one using some of my email or hobbys or whatever you think is a part of me that’s truly sad and you are nothing but a coward. I hope you all enjoy your lies and assumptions because it sure has entertained me….

    Thursday, 7 April 2016, 7:43 pm
  • Hey Jane Citzen, outcome didn’t go as planned. She did nothing wrong!!!!!
    Just to let you know your log into the original Jane citizen is archived, BOOM Miss Know it All

    Thursday, 7 April 2016, 6:52 pm
  • Jsmitz, don’t speak for me. Life is good was talking to me and don’t you dare say that I don’t exist. My experience was severe and I actually hired an atterney. Yes, we won….but it was so ridiculous because only threats were made again my family and not even the Hernando County Police wanted to touch it. And they did not file was a cluster job for sure. But the threat against us was real and Mrs. Silva had a whole lot to do with it. I have no interest in defending myself on social media, that’s why I hired an atterney, it was worth every penny, even though no charges were ever filed….I believe that only happened because no one expected us to hire a defense for my daughter. Otherwise I believe it would have had a much different outcome.
    Tina T.
    Feel free to criticize my spelling…

    Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 6:42 pm
  • Life sucks, I’m not a close personal friend. I’ve witnessed the daughter playing in groups of kids whose parents were also there. I have seen Danielle in action at these meetings and talked to her a few times on the phone. A lot of the information I actually had to drag out her, not trait of a “drama queen,.”. From what I’ve seen of Danielle I would say she an above average parent, on par with my three daughters. So I really am going have lot fun with you idiots tonight.

    Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 12:26 am
  • Jsmitz, wow it’s amazing to speak so passionately about something you have no idea about. I personally know of three individuals that have been treaded by Mrs. Silva. So it’s very clear that there is an abuse in power.

    Monday, 4 April 2016, 8:16 pm
  • Denis ask yourself this? If you have known Danielle for along time, Has she ever once before all of this mentioned anything that her child has a disability? Your close with the family? Ask her husband if he agrees with this? Your a smart guy put two and two together before going out and backing someone who will turn on you the second you cross her.

    If your still not convinced maybe this will help you. Seven months ago (before all of this), she posted on one of the local Facebook groups about information for local private schools. Her post reads “Do you have a child in private school? If so what are the pros and cons? what school? how Do you like it? Plus what is price range for tuition. ready set go”

    If you look at the comments people answered this school or that school and talked about step up for students which is for lower income families to afford private schools. Her responses where only pertaining to the cost of one particular school and if they use common core. There was no questions from her AT all about if they cater to children with disabilities. If they offer the same help as in private school? Nope it is all there black and white she was concerned about the price range. I can grantee you it was a short time after that that she started to try and get a diagnosis for her child to get an IEP or 504 to get the McKay to pay for her child’s tuition 100%.

    She went to a doctor who gave her a diagnosis and went to some therapist for her daughters stress and applied for the 504. A way to scam the system but this time it blew up in her face when her child was denied when the teachers and staff seen no tell tale signs of her having a disability that would require special services at this time. Simple as that.

    Tom maybe next time you can do an article on someone who makes $1000 a week under the table and is crying that they got denied food stamps. Denis I really hope that when she turns on you, because she will that your not left dealing with the consequences of her actions.

    Monday, 4 April 2016, 1:59 pm
  • Jsmitz: I have talked to Danielle several time over the last several months. Not once has she mentioned any problems with any teacher but the one incident with the dance teacher last year. I have watched the daughter on a few occasions and found her to be bright and well adjusted. Up until this month Daniels conversations with me concerned parents being told that they were not being allowed to review their child’s tests, a violation of FERPA. She only contacted me this month after she was being threatened with a Felony charge for recording, which, BTW was not done seruptiously. She took her phone out and set it on the table. The school officials told her they were uncomfortable with recording so she turned if off. Had she wanted to seruptiously record there is a hundred in expensive way to do it.
    The school needs to remember they have no charge. All they have is a complaint. Mrs Underwood in innocent till a jury finds her gulty. And the SA knows no Jury is going to convict on this evidence. So continuing to threaten in to limit her lawful behavior is legally considered extortion by the SA.
    The fact that Mrs Silve had 5 days to call the Sheriff for a trespass, but she waited until 5 minutes after I sent an email to her boss threatening take this public if they didn’t apologize to Danielle.
    Now you may claim it is not my business. And I would agree with you. But I was asked to advise in response to some serious abuse by the school and Sheriff. That makes it every citizens business.

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 12:17 pm
  • Life is Good: The reason these “other posters” haven’t emailed you is because they don’t exist. It was from Underwood using other names. You see, Silva had NEVER, in the history of her long career, trespassed anyone EVER. She has never had a formal complaint against her. You are spewing total bullcrap to say otherwise. Also, if you look at Underwood’s posts on FB, you’ll see her uneducated butt can’t spell. She always spells “principal” as “principle.” And if you look at the above posts, you’ll see that same mistake throughout “Another Parents” postings. So, knowing that, re-read her above posts and allegations, keeping in mind she is saying complete untruths and realize just what a nasty person she is.

    Has anyone mentioned that Underwood has been contacting other parents in her daughter’s class and trying to convince them that she’s seen the teacher “bully” and “belittle” their children. Luckily these parents have sense and because their children reflect love for their teacher and excitement for going to school, and also because these parents have witnessed Underwood’s insanity, they just ignored her. But this really speaks to her level of toxicity. Always a victim? Always the recipient of harassment and bullying from sooo many other people (professionals at that)? Um, no. She is a snake.

    I’m frustrated that Lemons would actually make this a story for all to read, knowing that so many people will blindly believe and form opinions of this school and its leadership, all because an angry irrational person (Underwood) isn’t getting her way, so she and her toxic insane sidekick (Purdy) contacted him. Two obvious jerks contact Lemons- one having nothing to do with the school at all and is just listening to Underwood, and that makes this a community issue? Yeah, ok. How about you make a story about Dennis Purdy’s Facebook posts. That’s way more amusing. His bio literally says “Since I could walk, I’ve been seeking out fights.” Wow. Let’s totally take his opinion on this matter as meaningful, lol. Also, look at Underwood’s. It says something like “you don’t like me, I don’t give a crap.” These people are just plain nasty. I sure hope we don’t have to read a bunch of “articles” based on ONE insane persons unsubstantiated and fabricated experiences again. I don’t think Lemons will have anyone reading anymore… Except for the Underwood’s and the Purdy’s of the county. That’s a cool crowd to cater to. ??

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 9:16 am
  • Wow. Just reading those comments, people need to grow up and stop arguing behind the computer! Everyone has their own opinion and everyone is stubborn enough to never change it, just stop now!

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 3:46 am
  • Tina T. Email me at [email protected] and anyone else who has had an issue feel free to email me! I will keep it confidential.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:54 pm
  • This Daniella Underwood is too much publicity and full of drama! Dragging the name of school and staffs. Why not pull out your child and homeschool it. Your such an attention seeker.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:43 pm
  • My message is for the first anonymous. Please contact me at [email protected]

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 3:32 pm
  • This is only about adult egos: school employees. They don’t are about educating students, they only care about their egos and power. I’ve seen it with my daughter–12 years worth. Teachers or admin who care were easy to educate and work with. Educators who “need” to be the smartest people in the room (and there are many) do this kind of irrational behavior. Holding a child back is never a good idea. Research does not support this. The child needs to be held back but isn’t on an IEP. How does this make sense. To gravity falls……dealing with educators who are supporting whole language, don’t use the term dyslexia, and don’t listen to parents and watching your kid fail frequently sends many ‘sane’ parents down the path of insanity. Dr. Sally Shaywtiz, a leading expert on dyslexia (Yale school of medicine faculty) wrote her book on dyslexia because she could get no traction with the education population. The battle rages with parents being more informed and experts getting laws changed. Why? Because educators won’t listen and keep up with current research. Oh, and BTW, sometimes raging is the only language educators understand. Civil discourse can easily turn into years of doing nothing. Stalling is a frequent strategy used by educators to do nothing. Most special education teachers are woefully trained by universities. They can do a “special” hold for out of control kids and know a great deal about autism (5%) of the population, but ask about dyslexia and you will get a blank stare or old (unscientific) thinking about dyslexia (20% of the population and 80% of kids in special education).

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 2:31 pm
  • I cannot get over the hurtful, personal attacks on Principal Silva on here. People need to know the facts before commenting, and I would guess very few on here do know all the facts of this case. Lara Silva is fair, professional and always does things “by the book.” She knows the laws/rules and does not discriminate or play favorites. She is a strong leader and a caring person. As an administrator, you cannot please everyone, but she certainly is fair in her judgment calls. Please, consider all the facts before participating in such mud-slinging as what is going on here.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 2:16 pm
    • Well waiting five days to trespass someone doesn’t exactly look good for Mrs. Silva. Then you take all the rest of the complaints about her….you have to wonder.

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:06 pm
  • I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mrs Underwood and it is all true. She has nothing to say nice about anyone including her friends. Trust me the people on her side will one day see her for who she is. I know I did! She is a major attention seeker and if anything is going on and she is involved she MUST be front and center and get all the praise. Everytime things do not go her way she takes to social media to bash anyone standing in her way and anything they do is directed at her personally. She takes everything personally. She actually went to several news media and obviously you Tom took the bait and you said it yourself “Danielle Underwood contacted RNRF several weeks ago, to complain…”

    But this is not about her personality or her crazy ways but maybe it is. See It was not till the incident at the school a few months back that all of a sudden her child is special needs and requires a 504 when anyone who has known her and her child will say she is a very normal 7 year old. This is just a scam to get her out of CES and into a private school. I do not care what notes she has from doctor’s I call BS! She claims her child has dyslexia but most children who suffer from this disability have poor motor skills or at least a delay. But her daughter is a competitive cheerleader how do you explain that one? The ONLY reason why they are denying her child a 504 is because she does not need it. And once again poor Danielle is making this out to be a vendetta against her.

    As far as the trespass it should be there. She is constantly at the school demanding this and wanting that. They feel threatened. This is not a one time thing this has been going on for awhile and why now you ask? The situation with her has escalated to the extent that she is becoming more and more of a threat to the staff every time she comes on campus. I know parents who have been in the office while she has thrown one of her hussy fits and she stated that it was very tense. She is a threat and should not be aloud on school grounds near school kids. She has become so bent out of shape over this that she is dangerous.

    So instead of us hearing about your woe is me do us all a favor and remove your child from CES if you do not like it and give her spot to someone who WANTS to be there. Maybe go to your zoned school or make some adjustments in your life to afford to go to private school and stop trying to label your child disabled. Oh and another thing maybe if you did not spend 1/2 your day on the internet and out and about complaining about this and that in front of your daughter she would not have anxiety.

    Anchors Away!

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 2:12 pm
    • That comes straight from an asshole at the school. Take it for what it is worth, absolutely nothing!

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:01 pm
      • How adult you are resulting to name calling, is this why you are sticking up for Danielle? Two peas in a pod? Please… A person does not have to press charges WHEN the instance happens. Perhaps Ms. Silva was trying to be polite, then your belligerent call about an apology to another adult, whom you have no relation poured the icing on the cake? Dennis. though I agree with you at times, I also see you jump on any bandwagon for the popularity and knight in shining armor syndrome. I am sure Miss Underwood can fend for herself…

        Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:35 pm
  • Anonymous, please email me at [email protected]

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 2:08 pm
  • In response to “another parent”. There is a big difference between being persistent and being down right nasty when you don’t get your own way. This woman seems to leave a trail of destruction when she is told no. She goes on a verbal execution and doesn’t hold back. Her daughter has been moved from class to class to please her. Nothing will please this woman. She bashes her current (before pulling her from one of the best schools in hernando county) and tries to get other people to join her in her quest to hate everything. She has a small group of minions who are decent people, but seem to be blinded by the fact that this woman needs help in her own right. It’s a shame

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 11:43 am
  • So Tom, it’s true that you cannot be blamed if one side of the story just happens to be louder than the other; but what would be necessary to convince you to demonstrate your unbiased position and write another article? Something along the lines of “Parents, Angry After Years of Witnessing Attacks on School Personnel, Rally Behind School Under Fire”. How loud would we have to be to be equally represented?

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 11:43 am
  • Keith, I couldn’t have said it better. There’s definitely a diagnosis there. Bat **** crazy is only the tip of it. Vile and toxic, her poor child. She doesn’t need an IEP, she needs her mother in therapy.
    Ces is an amazing school, and they’ll bend over backwards for children who actually need IEPs or 504s.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 11:15 am
  • Good Lord, please just give her the McKay and send her on her unstable way!

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 6:57 am
    • Serenity, the McKay is out there for anyone who qualifies for it. When you do not qualify then that concerned, fight for it parent should put the child into the school of their choosing and PAY for it. And people wonder what is wrong with today’s touchy society. Whine, cry, badger and bitch enough you get what you want no matter the cost to us, the taxpayers. I am sorry but it is not that hard to get an IEP if YOUR CHILD actually NEEDS one.

      Two helpful links:

      Who produces an IEP?

      Your child’s IEP team creates the IEP. Each person on the team plays an important role. By the law, the team includes:

      You, the student’s parent(s). IDEA gives parents the legal right to participate in all of their child’s IEP meetings. As the parent, you’re a full and equal member of the team. After all, you probably know your child’s strengths and struggles better than anyone else. Your concerns and suggestions about his education are invaluable.
      At least one of your child’s general education teachers.
      At least one special education teacher or other special education provider.
      A school district representative knowledgeable about both general education and special education. This person also should have the power to make decisions that involve school resources. In other words, if the school rep thinks your child should be given speech therapy, she should have the power to make that happen.
      A school psychologist or other specialist who can interpret the student’s evaluation and test results.
      When your child turns 16, he’ll be expected to participate as a member of his IEP team and help develop a transition plan. A representative from an outside agency, such as a post–high school vocational program, may join meetings.

      This was taken from:

      This is a sad state of affairs. Not everyone gets what they want or feel they, or their child deserves. It is not a conspiracy as no teacher or educator is going to personally disregard a child’s welfare if it is truly needed. Everyone’s child is special and a treasure… they are our future.

      Opting out of tests, fighting teachers and general all around bashing when things are not going your way is not the way to do things. What are we teaching our children today? That is is ok to buck the system until you are a constant pain in the…. and finally get your way? Keep your child out of classes, which are TEACHING them the core curriculum so they can be a better person and productive adult.

      Please… follow the rules like everyone else and remain calm and collected. Newspapers are great but never can fully tell both sides of the story. If a school mentioned any child’s name they would be sued and have to pay for disregarding privacy laws. Shouldn’t a parent also protect their child in that manner?

      I do hope the child gets what she deserves toward her education, but most of all I hope that every parent out there learns from this.

      Take this from a parent with four children, three with varying levels of IEP’s who are now productive adults. I do not care if they work at McDonald’s, mow lawns, trim trees or are CEO’s of company’s as long as they are happy, productive and proud of who they are…

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 1:01 pm
  • Despite public attacks by this parent for the past three years, the school has not lashed out at the parent nor taken her behavior out on her child. I have never heard an unkind word said about her daughter by staff or other students, and the little girl seems to be generally well-liked.

    I think that it speaks to the professionalism of the staff that, while deflecting a constant barrage of attacks by the mom, they have remained fair and kind to the daughter and treat her appropriately according to her own behavior and not her mother’s.

    Not telling somebody what they want to hear is not grounds for demanding that the professionals involved be fired.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 12:38 am
  • It’s so odd, my children have been going CES for years, and we have only had great experiences there. The Administration, teachers, and support staff have always been there for us and are kind and supportive. It is hands down one of best schools in the county!

    In regards to the above listed commentary (not news). Mrs. Pilato Underwood is well known to the parents at CES. She is commonly seen as abusive, cruel, unreasonable, and generally bat shit crazy. Can anyone say Axis II diagnosis?

    I say this in the kindest way, since I love crazy people. No really I do!

    She is currently reaping the consequences of three years of abusive and threatening behavior.

    At this point, she needs to set aside her ego and enroll her daughter in her zoned school.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 11:16 pm
  • Eskimo ******: I only post under my real name and if you were half a man you would too. But you are a total ignoramous. Please introduce yourself sometime and you’ll never post again.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 10:02 pm
    • I’ll be reporting this threat to the local authorities. Thanks for posting your real name.

      Thursday, 2 June 2016, 1:42 am
  • Wow. I’ve now learned that if this Dennis person runs for the school board, I will go to the board meeting and read off all his comments in public just to make sure everyone can hear his words. I’m shaking my head at some of the comments, everyone seems to “know” for sure the specifics of this and a few like Past ESE Mom have been level headed and clear with her words and has stayed on topic.

    I agree with all that said the child is the one who loses here and to be honest, I think it’s pretty clear that this Mother has directly alienated the people she needs most at school, and when they shut her down, she went to the press crying her side for all to read.

    As for people using a false name, I can’t blame them at all. No one needs this to get worse than this Mother has made it but putting a comment out there with my full name makes me fear that some loose cannon might show up on my door step and start trouble with me. Not happening.

    I hope this Mother realizes what she’s doing to her child making this so public, seems too many people have had the same type of experience with her over several years, that’s very telling, maybe it’s time for her to look in the mirror and realize her role in this as well.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 9:19 pm
  • Tom Lemons is the man, the only one with the cajones to take on Big Education!

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 9:16 pm
  • I wish this story had not been give any consideration. The fix hernando website does nothing but place parent against teacher and no one minds that teacher names are being publicized. Teachers can only do what they are told to do and to place them on the site like that is cyber bullying at it’s best. Posters and Ms. Underwood always try to get teachers to join the fight but why would they? Most teachers have been so put off that they rarely read the page anymore. Sad that they don’t understand that.

    As far as needing to write the article because it’s news? I could buy that if it weren’t for the fact that the procedures and laws involved here are easy to obtain through the district or the internet itself. Nothing personal here, but procedures have been ignored by Ms. Underwood because it hasn’t gone her way. Again, she wants this for the money to pay for private school.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:29 pm
  • Eskimo *****: I only post under my real name and if you were half a man you would too. But you are a total ignoramous. Please introduce yourself sometime and you’ll never post again.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:18 pm
  • Wow, alot of comments and quite interesting.
    I have to chuckle at Jayne Citizen, are you sure? I can tell you your guess was inaccurate. Since your trying to guess my identity. Let me try and guess yours. Hmmmmm let me guess, maybe a district employee?
    It a toss up between two. Let’s start my 1st guess Karen Jordan guess number 2 Angela Shepard. 3rd guess would be way out there so I’ll go with these two

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:00 pm
    • To be honest who cares ‘another parent’. District employee or another parent… does not really matter in the long run. Bottom line is Criteria, guidelines and protocol. If her daughter qualified, after three years, she would have her IEP.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:46 pm
      • Ecacty, my point to JC And no I have seen parents fight for many years and have many professional diagnosis and still school does not see the need To finally receiving the IEP after be diligent in their fight for their child. Yes some pull and go elsewhere to get the help Not all have that luxury of doing that

        Saturday, 2 April 2016, 11:28 am
  • If there is a potential law suit here then they won’t or can’t talk about it anyway. This is not a community issue. This is a personal issue that Danielle underwood is attempting to make a community issue. You have the right to write whatever you want. Even if people don’t agree with it. I enjoy most of your stories and you helped my family in the past. I just don’t agree with this one.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:57 pm
  • You sit here and say that you remain objective in these cases but present a story that Is only one sided. It may not be the media’s fault that there are rules set in place preventing transparency, but it is the media’s fault when they present a story that intentionally and potentially threatens the public veiw of this school. Presenting this story without having all the facts. These are people’s jobs and lives here. Facts are twisted in favor of one side. That’s not really fair to the opposing view now is it. Objective. No. I get it, your a reporter doing your job. Im just unhappy my child’s school is being dragged through the mud because of this woman. Chocachatti is a great school with some pretty amazing people who truly care about our children.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:41 pm
      • I agree with you to a point Tom. Transparency can be a good thing.

        We parents should be able to see in Black and White written form what the exact policies regarding IEP’s and 504’s are. We need to know what the criteria is to receive the services provided under these programs so we can show that our child meets the criteria, provide the necessary documents or see and therefore grow to understand when our child does not. If this information was readily accessible or parents knew where to look for it, then the frustration they experience with the school system would diminish, at least in part.

        Currently, parents are provided with a form at the beginning of the IEP or 504 meeting. This document gives you an overview of your rights but doesn’t say anything detailed or helpful.. for example it says “Your child has the right to receive a free and appropriate public education.” Well, it should be pretty obvious by now who decides what is appropriate for your child’s education or we would not have so many parents in this county who are angry because they don’t feel as though they are being heard in meetings concerning their child’s education.

        It also says “You have the right to have the school district advise you of your rights under federal law.” In a 504 meeting the staffing specialists gives you this paper, it is a one sided document entitled “Notice of Parent Rights Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973” it has 12 general statements on it. You sign that you received it so the meeting can continue and bam, just like that they have advised you of your rights – obligation fulfilled.

        On the other hand, when discussing transparency, I feel a person’s disability should only be brought into the open, when that person or the parent of that person decides someone needs to know. I would never put my daughter’s disability out to the general public until something happened where I felt my daughter was discriminated against or their was a an abuse of power by someone in an authoritative position that I felt had to be rectified for the good of my daughter and the disabled community.

        I like what you said about “one half refusing to talk to the media” I’m sure you have contacted the SB about this issue and they refused to comment like always. So now your being criticized for publishing a one sided story. That is the SB’s fault not yours. The SB could address this situation, not by discussing the case itself as that could violate HIPPA and SB policy but simply by going on record or providing a copy of their policies regarding the circumstances of the situation. For example I’m sure somewhere in that big book the ESE department doesn’t tell parents about “Developing Quality Individual Education Plans – A Guide for Instructional Personnel and Families ” published by the FL DOE


        There are pages contained inside that discuss things like modifications, supports, supplementary aids and services. Common sense should tell us there has to be a document somewhere that addresses the requirements for recording an IEP in Hernando County. Wouldn’t you think? So why not offer that to the media.

        Saturday, 2 April 2016, 12:55 am
  • RnRF objective? ! Bhaahaahaaahhaaaaaahaaa!!!! Omg, my stomach hurts from laughing so hard. You’ll post anything for a headline, and you know it.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:33 pm
  • Then this story never should have been written, in my opinion. Because it is so one sided and the other side can’t defend itself. Giving a great school a bad reputation over her bias accusations. She has an agenda and seems like she will do whatever she deems necessary to meet that agenda. I fully respect your work Mr lemons, but be careful who you get into bed with so to speak. There is a solid reason why people are so willing to speak out about her while remaining anonymous. She is a scary person to cross.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:57 pm
      • Mr. Lemons please remember that you too have had experience at Chocachatti as a parent over the years and hopefully you do have an objective view for I always felt your experience with your own children were positive.

        Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:44 pm
  • So why leave out the part where every time she went to ces she would try to record everything without permission…. or how in this meeting she got caught recording without permission which is why the meeting ended abruptly. Oh she won’t say any of that will she. She’s going to play the victim here and try to take down ces in the process. Her ego is too big to admit she is wrong so let’s double down and make the story all about them. The fact is, ces and pretty much everyone else that has to deal with Ms underwood is tired of her being nothing more than a bully. Hiding behind her child and dragging her name through the mud. She uses the phrase refuse to sink while having an anchor as the symbol for it. Guess what. Achors are meant to sink aren’t they. Isn’t that the purpose of an anchor, to sink to the bottom. Maybe I am missing something. Sounds like your trying to be witty… I really hope danielles deciples wake up and smell the roses. She is toxic and is proving that day in and day out. I wouldn’t be surprised when kids get turned away from these magnet schools because their parents are affiliated with Ms underwood.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:42 pm
      • This situation is truly a shame for all parties involved but I really feel sorry for the child who is stuck in the middle. There are so many facts that have been mis-stated not only in the article covering it but also by so many of the comments. The child is not being denied an IEP she is just not eligible for one but will still receive all services afforded all struggling students right now. Mrs. Underwood does care about her child but she has also now contributed to the stress the child is feeling by including her in meetings she should not have been in. Hopefully the parents can make a decision on placement at a school where she is comfortable and where she does not feel like she has to always be on the defense. This is an isolated case and there have been so many success stories for all types of students at Chocachatti over the 17 years the program has been in place. There are always issue in every school in regards to staffing an ESE student for the process does take a long time and the criteria is very set and each child is different. Every child’s needs are also so different so even though people have a right to sound off if they have had problems too does not mean that it is the same as what has happened in this case.

        Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:22 pm
        • I believe she was granted an IEP or 504 right after the trespassing issue…

          Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:55 pm
          • I thought she was keeping her daughter out of school until she got one? If she did, wouldn’t she put the vaca on hold?

            Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:40 pm
      • Any student’s records are private. A school or anyone in it cannot comment or talk about it with anyone outside the school system or directly related to the case. Health insurance has their HIPAA laws and the school districts have theirs regarding children. It is shameful that this poor child’s name is being dragged into the media and her picture plastered all over the net.

        Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:50 pm
  • I wonder how many of these names on here are actually Dennis Purdy. It’s what he does….. NAMECALLINGADULTS!

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 2:54 pm
  • Dennis Purdy if you hate it here… Why stick around and spend the rest of your life complaining about it?… The real answer is you will do this wherever you go. It’s what miserable paranoid people do. You need a hobby (volunteer or something) “Used a helicopter to drown a black guy” really?

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 2:42 pm
    • The drowning of James “Little Man” Rayford is well documented. Witnesses saw and photographed the HCSO helicopter less than five feet off the water over Rayford in a kayak. There was so much water in the air under the copter that you can hardly make out the form of Rayford. The incident was ruled accidental but its no accident the helicopter pilot was stupid. Must have been related to you.

      Monday, 4 April 2016, 12:23 pm
  • Daniella Underwood is a drama queen of Hernando County. She want gains popular this time.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 1:59 pm
  • Regardless of what ppl in her County think of her mental health or “craziness” there is a child in need caught in the middle. There are several REAL problems with how this request for special services is being handled, in my opinion, and from past experience with SPED. From the very start a parent should have a copy of the Policy Manual fro m your local SPED Department. You should follow those policies to the letter. If you would like to record a meeting, you must do so in writing within a specified period of time before the meeting. The SPED Dept will acknowledge the request and will also record the mtg. Learn these policies, learn what is covered as a legitimate disability and bring documentation. DO EVERYTHING IN WRITING/EMAIL. All communication to the SPED Dept should be in writing. Personally I used email, A LOT! It is not up to the Principal nor Teacher to determine if the child qualifies for SPED services, this is done by the Psychometrist and Psychologist associated with the SPED Department. Always keep your cool, yes there is a lot at stake, but you are going to be working (hopefully) with the SPED folk a long time, so don’t make them your enemies. Request copies of all testing results and documentation being used to determine eligibility be provided to you prior to the determination meeting. This will allow you to review the results as well as any other professional working with the child. They or you can dispute the results if it is inaccurate. What I’m trying to get across here is there are ways to get the system to provide services for your child. It is difficult at times and takes a lot of commitment at time. You have to handle yourself appropriately, you can’t get pissed off and go off half cocked, NOT saying she did, just as a general rule for every parent. Go to Wright’s Law, study there material, contact Mississippi Disability Rights, get some ppl in your corner. The more ppl you can take to the meeting the better. Yes they do pack the meetings at times. There’s been times I’ve faced no less than 11 officials from the School District and as few as 3 or 4 depending on the circumstances. Stay strong, be diligent, EDUCATE yourself and don’t blow up or lose your cool no matter what. It is required the SPED Dept answer request within a certain time frame, so put everything in writing and CC it to multiple contacts within the SPED Dept, then follow up with an email, etc. Best of wishes to everyone here. Stop the bickering and name calling, work in the children’s best interest!

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:55 pm
  • If the school officals and teachers dont believe the belongs in the special classes why fight it. Do the right thing and get your kids conditions listed by a dr and habe him write a letter or something.. no point in harassing the school employees they have better things to deal with

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:08 pm
  • Haha special needs. There are actual kids with special needs. Having a “special” mom doesn’t qualify you.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 11:56 am
  • Why so many officials at a school meeting for Danielle underwood? They know she’s crazy. Everyone in the county calls her the joke of the county, they felt they needed to protect themselves, probably.
    Btw, so many people stand behind Jane citizen, but are just adults and don’t need to bicker.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 10:10 am
    • At an IEP meeting, teachers and any other qualifying counselor must be in attendance during the meeting. That is hard to organize to fit everyone’s schedule. With my sons they did the same thing at CES. All his teachers were there and if could not be there for the whole meeting were called down one at a time to give their views on the problems my kids were having. It is not a bullying tactic but how many schools schedule the meetings so everyone is heard that deals or has contact with the child.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 11:35 am
  • My child attends Chocachatti Elementary School. this school is an exceptional School but I have had similar dealings with Mrs Silva. And yes the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department can put a trespassing warrant against somebody for the school’s request with no proof or cause. Mrs Silva does this quite often to parents that she disagrees with.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 9:22 am
    • Please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected]
      I would like more specifics. I’ve put in a formal records request at the sheriffs for all trespass complaints filed by Mrs. Silva.

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:03 pm
  • This 504 consult was called by the school and attended by 8 school employees. If it had been decided that the little girl didn’t qualify for a program, why the meeting, and why so many officials?
    I hope by now you have all learned that management likes to intimidate subordinates by packing meetings with officials. This is exactly what they were doing on March 9, trying to intimidate Danielle from insisting the school follow the law.
    Why the problem with recording the whole meeting? Were the officials following the law, why shouldn’t these meetings be recorded? I know that if I were attending such and important meeting involving the treatment of my child I would not want a he-said-she-said situation. I would want a complete record and I think parents deserve a complete record. Since the school is not going to provide one, I believe all parents should record all meetings involving their child.
    And for you that think Danielle should be charged with truancy, I will tell you that two of my three daughters have home schooled very successfully. But the point in this case is Danielle’s daughter deserves the very best PUBLIC education as do any other children in this community and this school district sucks.
    That brings me to what I think of this area. I think this area has more than its share of sheeple. They let their sheriff drown a black guy with one of there THREE helicopters, then spend nearly half their budget on a department that can’t seem to handle forensic evidence, depending instead on beating confessions out of perps. They let some woman from Ft. Meyer shut down public streets every year then charge people to park somewhere else and $8 dollars admission to a Blueberry Festival that has no accountability. And that is just the tip of the iceburg of my complaints. Yes I hate it here.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 8:29 am
    • Purdy,you’re absolutely clueless. ALL IEP/504 meetings must include ALL of the child’s teachers and a handful of other school employees including the academic counselor and the school nurse (if physical issues are to be addressed/remedied during the meeting. This is to ensure that everyone is on the same page concerning the proper administration of treatment, access exceptions, class scheduling etc…NO BULLYING…just taking steps to make sure everyone that will be having personal contact with the child are all informed.

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 12:52 pm
      • So you know so much. Why would it bother them to have the meeting recorded? Shouldn’t all such meetings be recorded? And shouldn’t they be reviewable? Another thing to note. There was no interaction between Danielle and the school for the five days immediately after this meeting. But 5 minutes after they recieved a note from me demanding an appology to Danielle, they placed the call to the sheriff. Coincidence? I doubt it. So I have requested ALL of Silva’s trespass complaints.
        There is no policy at the the school or the sheriff as to trespass. Danielle doesn’t have to do anything to get trespassed. It is just the request of the principal. But like I maintain, this was all retaliation.

        Saturday, 2 April 2016, 8:56 pm
  • Her daughter is the only one who will suffer from all of this. Ms underwood may be passionate in her fight to choose what she feels is best for her daughter, but her “passion” quickly turns into being nothing more than a bully. It’s funny that she says that the hernando county school system has been using “bullying tactics” on her, yet if you cross her on her fix hernando Hate group, she will use those same tactics on whoever disagrees with her. Calling people stupid for not agreeing with what she says. Telling everyone that they HAVE TO OPT OUT. I understand advocating for something, but you don’t have to have the same opinion on everything. I call it a hate group, because the few people that actually post on that page, do everything they can to smear hernando county school system. The admins are very proud of the fact that the group has over 1000 members, but don’t let that number fool you. Only a handful of people are actually active. Maybe 30 ppl if they are lucky. Ms underwood is not someone that you want on your bad side, because she will make it her mission to smear you and smile in your face while she does it. She is nothing more than a lying two faced twisted individual. And Dennis calling for these people’s jobs. Shame on you. Shame on everyone who still follows and stands behind ms underwood and her goon squad.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:37 am
    • I have called for Lori Romanos job for a couple years now. She is NOT qualified to be a Superintendant not having ANY administrative experience. She has never even been an assist principal. And the first thing she does as Superintendant is fire the one person in the district that had experience as superintendant. The second thing she did was reorganize around 21 new administrators at an increased cost to the district of $1.2 million. I will call for her job. She’s incompetent. Now as for Silva. I don’t need to know much more than she trespassed a parent who’s only mistake was pulling her cell phone out and openly starting to record a meeting. She does NOT represent a caring school official. Quite the opposite. And since my tax dollars go into that school I do reserve the right to push for the firing of incompetent employees.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:00 pm
  • I have a great idea-every single person who hates Hernando County needs to go back from where you came from. If it was so great why did you come here? And how embarrassing for that poor little girl to have everyone know she has problems. If it were my child I would try to protect them not make them open to public ridicule!

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:18 am
  • Gotta disagree with the lady who said a child has to be failing to qualify for an IEP. Wrong. My daughter had a serious speech problem that was not indicative of her intelligence or ability to learn, it affected her ability to communicate only. She had an IEP all the way through elementary school and was always a straight – A student. And, for the record, this was in Hernando County.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 1:11 am
    • Affecting her ability to communicate would lead your daughter’s education to affected a great deal. It’s not a case of intellectual ability, but the ability to learn in the classroom. IQ doesn’t ever change but if you can’t communicate with the instructor then learning is hindered. I am so glad you were able to get the help your daughter needed. That is, indeed, what the school intend.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 8:01 pm
  • What I really find refreshing are the people who name call the mom and others who’ve commented. Lol! Dennis Purdy may be many things but liar is not one. When people use names like whack a doodle, insane, crazy, liar, bad mom, it makes me wonder about their character.

    I see lots of allegations from people using pseudonyms. I guess its easier that way. Hmmmm, since so many claim to know what you need to prove to get someone tresspassed lets hear it because quite frankly I’ve heard different things. For most people its not simple to get someone tresspassed because the officer actually needs to see them on the property with their own two eyes. However, I dont believe you need any thing of real substance to ask for someone to be tresspassed. Please let me know if I’m mistaken.

    Is their a policy about what can get a parent tresspassed? All I know is that after reading this article I will not be attending any in person meetings, I would only send and recieve emails and conference calls until I could get clarification on what policy and procedure is for recording meetings and being tresspassed.

    These are scary times in our county for parents.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:35 am
  • Wow! First of all, shame on you Danielle Underwood for dragging your daughter’s name and face across social media and the Internet, so YOU can get the attention that YOU think that YOU deserve.

    This parent has harassed and bullied CES for the past few years that she’s been there. That dance teacher that was fired, you guessed it, she was never fired. Did this parent post a foul, unintelligible, rant about the dance teacher on social media last year subsequently getting herself banned from that group- you guessed, yes she did.

    Want to know why there is only one side posted here? Because the staff and administration are GROWN UPS and don’t place a child’s name and picture, on social media and Internet infamy so they can, once again, get the attention that that this parent so craves.

    I have many friends who have received IEPs, 504s and even the scholarship. None of them acted like this mom. And, yes, some of them attend CES.

    Such a shame to see such an AMAZING schools name get dragged through the mud over one Mom’s desire for ‘fame’.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:17 am
  • Pleas know he is failing behind in school and hes on adhd medication and others due to his medical problem. He had to see mutliple doctors besides a physiologist and speech therapist.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:01 am
  • I understand what she is going through it tool me since my oldest was in kindergarten to half way through seco d grade to get him the iep at his school in hillsborough county and he has been diagnosed with anxiety adhd caps and visual processing and he had to see alot of doctors to finally be diagnosed. But it was a long battle but finally he was approved for it

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 11:55 pm
  • The sad part about this whole thing is the innocent child. What ever the truth may be there is still a child in need of an education.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 11:00 pm
  • This parent obviously knows that an IEP WILL get you money. It seems that she is working towards an IEP so that she can then apply for the McKay Scholarship and take her daughter and enroll her in private school on YOUR dime. If she is not failing she is not in need of services. That is the law. It’s not about services that she isn’t getting. It isn’t about the schools not following the IEP as she sometimes writes. It’s about the daughter not qualifying because she truly doesn’t need the services under the law. If she is is struggling, that is normal. As I said, it’s a process that a student must go through and if they are passing the process is not necessary.

    I’m glad to hear people posting about 2 sides to the story. This mom is not saying that her daughter is not being successful, just that the school is not doing what she wants. Big difference.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:11 pm
  • Also, you can’t secretly record other people without their knowledge when there is an expectation of privacy. It’s my understanding that the members caught her doing this in secret; she didn’t announce it or ask permission. If she didn’t do anything wrong, there wouldn’t be a felony charge pending; the deputy would have said “sorry, what she did isn’t against the law,” and charges wouldn’t be filed. But he/she didn’t. They instead, began an investigation and submitted the charges to the state attorney’s office. I mean… Sooooo many red flags as to this woman’s behavior and choices.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:06 pm
    • Where does is say she did this in secret? Your understanding is wrong. I will say I have seen this secret recording You can see her placing it on table asking to record then nothing it got turned off. So this is why things get so distorted and way off the track of the issue. So many in the know when in reality they know nothing. Since it has been issued there is protocol. So this is procedure than cases can also be dismissed So don’t get to far ahead of yourself cray cray. Speak what you know stay to the facts and you won’t get lost along the way

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:50 pm
  • JSmitz… Beverly lindale… Your intelligent words are refreshing. Kudos for not jumping on the woo train. Bad parents love having teachers to blame for the behavior of the little monsters theyve created. Just like they blame cops when they get arrested or shot later in life. It’s much easier than saying “I’m a bad parent and this is my fault”. Why would they care they get $$$ for their kid. I bet the truth comes out and all will eat crow.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 9:51 pm
  • you all are crazy…you all talk like you know both side of the party. Heck, you could be some one that works at this school and talking crap about this woman leaving a comment with a different name. Heck, they shouldn’t even have a comment board on here cause sometime you all talk like you know them or was there. Stop commenting unless you know the true facts, cause this is people’s lives and when they read some of this junk it upset both sides.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 9:32 pm
  • 1. Sheriffs office doesn’t issue trespassing warrants without reason. Logic would dictate that evidence was provided to support this decision. Seriously, people??
    2. This parent attempts to contact school members approximately 10 times a day with constant random demands. She shows up to the school and demands to see specific staff members on the spot, and if they are already in an actual scheduled conference already, begins her threats to contact the news, shouts, and becomes very rude. I’ve witnessed it, and it’s super crazy.
    3. She has harassed and attempted to publicly humiliate 6 different CES staff members (that I know of) over the last 3 years, claiming each of them caused her child “emotional distress” and “PTSD.” What are the odds that all these different professionals would target this one child, but no others in the last twenty plus years the school has been open? Seriously, people?!!? Not logical.
    4. Silva has not one formal complaint, and the dance teacher had no consequences over the alleged incident this mother claims happened, because it actuality, it was shown that this mother was the aggressor- NOT the other way around.
    5. The school administration and ESE department do not determine if the child qualifies for these special services. They go by what the law states. They didn’t make the law. Why in the world would these sane, educated, and rational people withhold services from a child and break the rules/laws just to stick it to someone? That’s literally insane. That’s not logical. If you have issues with what qualifies or disqualifies a child from receiving an IEP or 504 plan, take it up with lawmakers. Schools and counties do not establish that criteria… Idiots.
    6. The mother has proven her insanity by using Dennis Purdy as her talking head to tell her side of this story. If you look at his Facebook posts, you will quickly see he is certifiably insane- which makes these two whack jobs a perfect team.
    7. This child is supposed to go to school, but her parents withhold her from receiving an education, keeping her home for weeks, because they are trying to prove a point. How detrimental and sad for this child.
    All I ask is to use LOGIC before blindly believing every god forsaken thing you read. And shame on you people for dragging these professional’s names through the mud and calling for resignations when you don’t even have the facts of the issue at hand. These are people who have worked for years to get where they are in their careers, have families to support, etc. You are going after their livelihood simply based on a one-sided delusional rant a parent has made. Wow. Please take some self reflection time and feel shame. You deserve it.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 9:15 pm
    • No your right they don’t issue trespassing warrants without cause. But you did neglect to say they met her at a doctors office??? was she threatening a life? What I would think would be protocal. 1 go to home of person being served 2 If your not home wouldn’t they leave a card with name of officer and a contact number to please call. I find this very inappropriate to say the least on how the police department handled this. Or was it a friend doing a favor and using their badge to do it? This whole picture on trespass, child concerns whether parent is in control or not, emotions run deep when its your child. I hear horror stories from other parents not receiving help, seeking outside help, endless battles with administrators Hers is just one of many She obviously is vocal and her passion is her child. How dare anyone say she is crazy, abusive or any other opinion you may have of her whether you know her or not. She is fighting for her child Something many parents do not do They let someone tell them what is needed and hold all their trust in that decision Sometime they are wrong, and sometimes it is a personal thing because so and so doesn’t like them and its a show her I will tell you this if my child needs me to advocate Come hell or high waters i would do whatever I need to do and if a crazy bitch it, than a crazy bitch it will be My child comes first!

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:29 pm
      • Well, based on the posts I have read from “Another Parent”, It is 100% obvious that you are in fact Danielle posting. The writing style is you all the way. I know this!!! Deny it all you want Danielle but I know.

        Thursday, 31 March 2016, 11:06 pm
  • Michelle is right. Just homeschool. I did after an assistant principal said my kid was incapable of learning so I should agree to him getting a special diploma. I taught my ESE kid study skills so that he graduated from USF summa cum laude — straight As all four years — in Economics. I’m not a teacher and I worked full time, so it’s possible. Yes, I pay taxes for a school district that won’t do its job, but my kid’s future is more important than wasting effort trying to make the school district be responsible.
    Like Alika says: Pull your kids out so the school district loses money. A teacher lay-off would make them try harder.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 8:47 pm
  • Ok, I’ve watched and there is so much school, administration and teacher bashing I don’t know how anyone thinks they can get anything done this way. First, Doctors are NOT the ones who determine if a child qualifies for an IEP or a 504. They may diagnose a disability, but that does not automatically qualify a student for ESE services. The disability MUST hinder the student’s ability to be successful with their classes. IF a student is successful then the disability is not a qualifier because the student is able to learn at their level in spite of the disability. If the student is not successful in their classes then additional help is automatically afforded to the student. This is called MTSS tier II. After a few weeks if this step is not affording the student success then they are moved to a tier III level and additional help is provided along with the tier II. After a few weeks, if this is not enough to help the student become successful in their classes, THEN and only THEN the student is considered for ESE. This step takes several weeks so that assessments by specialist within the district can meet with the student and evaluate the level of success and the student’s needs with regard to their current classes. If it is found that the student cannot be successful with the different tiers of additional support, then a meeting with the stakeholders is called and they make a collective decision. It’s not one teacher that decides. The committee members collectively discuss and decide what the accommodations, that are available within the law, are to be put in place to aid the student toward success.

    Again, a diagnosis by a doctor doesn’t qualify a student if they are currently successful in their classes. The state has very clear standards that must be met in order to qualify.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 8:26 pm
  • What many are failing to bring up is that the state of FL is under RTI (response to intervention). It no longer takes a test to show discrepancy between ability and achievement to qualify for a learning disability. Anxiety could potentially qualify for an IEP under OHI (other health impaired) but it can get a 504 with little else needed other than Doctor formal diagnosis. While I’m not the biggest fan of the district ESE dept, there is something else behind this story that has not been shared. Perhaps it was formal request for evaluation (which doesn’t guarantee a test administration) which starts a 60 calendar day time frame and not enough data was collected which in turn automatically turns into “does not qualify.”

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 8:01 pm
  • For every one bad set of circumstances there have to be fifty successful ones. We’ve had two children in Hernando schools:JD Floyd and FW Springstead. Neither of our children have had even one referral to the principal’s office. Both of them performed in the A/B average range. The older one now attends a Florida University, tuition and fees paid due to having graduated from the IB program. The second child has an IEP/504 due to LEGITIMATE physical issues that, thanks to a series of operations, have been nearly successfully healed. We thank God for the kindness, care and co-operation we have received from staff at both schools our children attended. Though our request for an IEP/504 did take time, it was just a matter of patience and showing up at the meetings and behaving professionally…not like a grown up child. Our second child’s school career has not been without incident. In middle school there was a bullying incident which was documented and handled efficiently. The rotten little perpetrator got the required ‘attention’. Kids can be so mean.
    All in all,I’d give the staff at Floyd and Springstead A’s and the visiting teachers that were assigned to our son while he was recovering from a major surgery at home? Those poor souls deserve sainthood. They’re stretched so thin and have to be everywhere at once. God bless them all!

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 7:41 pm
  • If you all want to make a real statement to the school board pull all your kids out of school and homeschool they will get the message when they lose money

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 7:33 pm
  • Maybe you need more documents to confirm what is wrong with your daughter why not take her to BAYCARE for evaluation better yet home school her but be careful with this make sure you still all your I sorry to hear about this I makebit my business to watch the School Board Meeting They are asking parents to come to their children school something is wrong with this story I be looking for the end results

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 7:03 pm
  • I have had four children in Hernando County, three of them with an IEP. Two of those three went to CES and were diagnosed there. I ‘expressed my concern’ over their grades and explained what I thought was wrong and it was a speech impediment mingled with an instructional comprehension problem. What he ‘heard’ a teacher say and how he understood it to be were totally different. They worked with him and his brother and one outgrew it by 6th grade but my youngest, to this day and at USF ready to graduate with his Bachelor’s, struggled with it for his entire life.

    Unfortunately ‘anxiety’ is not a learning issue. I just did a research paper on how IEP’s are diagnosed, what is considered allowable and how school administration diagnosis each child. There are ways to go about getting what is best for your child but fighting with school officials is like hitting your head against a brick wall. Once you start it becomes hard for anyone to see the ‘child’ and all anyone sees is the parent fighting for their child.

    Children today have a hard enough time with all the psychological diagnosing for behavioral issues as it is. I would NOT let my daughter be labeled bi-polar because she was ‘acting’ out… I told the doctor he better not even write that in her file as she was a 9 year old girl behaving like a spoiled 9 year old girl and needed to learn how to cope on her own, not with a ‘way out’ to explain her behavior or attitude. Today the term bi-polar ranges from occasional mood swings all the way up the ladder to schizophrenia. It is all now just Bipolar Disorder. Generalized… easily termed and makes a scapegoat diagnosis for parents who want answers.

    Just my two cents and I did walk in those shoes… so do not yell I have no idea what I am talking about 🙂

    Yes, all four of my children are now adults and live a full life on their own… I am a proud momma.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:17 pm
  • Sarah Trowell and Lori Romano are both cowards and never return phone calls. They both suck at thier jobs and Lori’s secretary is a pice of work, you would think you were trying to get in touch with the president, when trying to speak to Lori Romano. To be honest, they need to clean out all the administration team of the school board office and Trowel needs to grow up!

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:13 pm
  • Let me just say so people who read this story don’t get the wrong idea. Chocachatti is an amazing school with some amazing teaches. I personally have not had to deal with Ms Silva much, but the few times I have had to speak with her, I have treated her the same way she treated me. With respect. I am tired of chocachatti getting a bad rep. Maybe if people didn’t turn hostile when they didn’t get their own way, people would want to deal with them a little more. Chocachatti technically is a public school, but you have to go through a process to get in. The actions of a parent can speak volumes. I may not be happy with the testing and curriculum being used in hernando country, but I also won’t resort to name calling and bullying tactics while claiming the role of a victim in the process. The only person who is truly being harmed in this process is not the mother, but her daughter. It’s very sad that is has come to this.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:13 pm
  • Krystin… So you agree parents get extra money for having kids labeled ese. Thanks for confirming that and clearing up exactly where it comes from…. Dennis Purdy? Your wild Hernando county conspiracies just compound… All with no proof or making any sense. You hate everything… HCSO, the school board, the fire dept, the blueberry festival, half penny tax, brooksville, life,……. We know you hate it here. You have made it very clear… Why are you still here?

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:11 pm
    • Eskimo Boat – obviously,you misread my response.

      Parents get NO MONEY for having their child labeled ESE, which just so we are clear stands for Exceptional Student Education. It is an education based term used by the school system when discussing the needs of a student with a disability that effects said child’s education.

      The children who are deemed Physically or Mentally Disabled by the Social Security Administration may receive Social Security Income if they qualify using the rigorous guidelines of said Federal Program.

      Having your child labeled ESE via the school does nothing to assist your child in qualifying for SSI funds.

      I wholeheartedly apologize, I can not spell it out for you any more thoroughly, if you still can not grasp the difference between the two entities please find a friend who can explain it to you or do some research on your own.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:49 pm
      • Please realize that the dollar amount of the funding a school gets for a student with an IEP is exactly the same amount for any student except the more severe cases. So the schools do NOT get more money for them and is never a factor in placement.

        Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:20 pm
  • I’m sure this mom did show her *** during this meeting. I know first hand, that when you walk out of those meetings and your child’s needs aren’t being met, you feel unheard. The constant fight in this issue makes your blood boil over. I’ve left my meetings in tears and so pissed off I could scream. The process to get an IEP is draining and frustrating.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:43 pm
  • Ramano would have left for the higher paying job if she had been selected, her heart is not here, send her down the road. I know parents can be over zealous, but this is a bit much.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:39 pm
  • Hernando schools doesn’t use the term ” bullying ” Mrs. Silva , unless it has been investigated. The parent was just horse playing around not bullying.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:29 pm
  • mom needs help

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:26 pm
  • Purdy- the dance instructor wasn’t fired. Fyi.
    Everyone who doesn’t know this mom- there’s a reason why her child doesn’t qualify for IEP. She doesn’t have one. She just has a bad parent. Instead of an adult who quietly addresses concerns, who acts in an appropriate way, and uses language an adult would use, she is vile and rude. No wonder no one at district will call her back. I feel bad for Cassandra hall and Cathy dofka for having to deal with her. My child needed an iep, I got it, immediately. 504? Done within 24 hours. Amazing what an actual medical concern will get you.
    Oh- and Lara silva is an amazing caring person. I’m lucky to know her.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:23 pm
    • Many commenting here don’t know this mother. I don’t. The question isn’t whether she is a good parent or a bad one. It is apparent that, you don’t like her mannerisms or the way she articulates herself when she becomes upset and that’s your right, it’s okay.

      However, she obviously does care about her child because she, unlike many other ESE parents, hasn’t given up and attended the IEP in hopes of receiving some assistance that she felt her child needed to be educationally successful.

      I’m sure most people have heard the phrase “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” well life within the ESE community for parents with a disabled child in HCS is no exception. If you don’t push for services your not going to get them. They don’t just hand them out because your child needs them. You need to say the right “key words” and supply the right papers.

      Or.. in some cases it’s all about who you know. A 504 in 24 hours. Your child was truly blessed to get what she needed. I believe you are correct, your very LUCKY to know all three of them.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:01 pm
      • I agree if she did not care she would walk away

        Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:07 pm
      • There is no question that Mrs. Underwood is a good parent. She does care about what is right for her child but she has now gone above and beyond what she should have done instead of working together with the teachers to find a way to help her child be successful. The child is extremely beautiful inside and out and loves to perform. She has her strengths and weaknesses and given time she will understand how to learn if she suffers from a learning disability and it does not matter if she has a IEP label. The interventions available to ALL students now will help her grow. The problem is that we need to work through our differences with our children without trying to blame someone and mom has placed herself and the child in the limelight and it is going to have a negative impact on her now and in the future. I know Chocachatti is a choice school so if mom is so dissatisfied with the teachers, staff and administration just pull her out and get a fresh start somewhere she wants to go so everyone can move on. I just wish so would understand that the child is the one who is going to suffer the most.

        Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:50 pm
  • Everyone who has posted here: I would invite you to attend the next school board meeting Tuesday night at 7 pm. I will be there calling for the firing of both Dr. Romano and Mrs. Lara Silva. Both are equally guilty and both need to be removed from the presence of all children, even their own.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:21 pm
    • Dennis, I think I speak for every sane human being on this planet when I say this. “NOBODY CARES ABOUT ANYTHING YOU HAVE TO SAY!!! YOU ARE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST INTERNET TROLL AND PROVEN LIAR!!! YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY!!!!” Anyone who actually goes to hear you speak thinking that you are an intelligent human being needs psychiatric help. To echo one of the posts above, you hate everything and everyone. Please leave and go back to Prairieville. I hear they need a Police Chief.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 9:04 pm
      • Jane you spew hate all over the place I m sure you have parents saying she sounds like a pleasant sole maybe she knows something NOT

        Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:05 pm
      • Excuse me JANE, You seem to be the only one on here with a problem. We go from school to needing a police chief? GO GET SOME HELP.

        Friday, 1 April 2016, 2:20 am
        • No one should be showing anger on this issue. The only thing everyone should be concentrating on is facts and what is in the best interest of helping the child. If mom does not trust the school any more instead of a continued bashing just take the child out and put her in a place that she does trust. The child is not going to be eligible for an IEP no matter where she goes right now but as time progresses it can be re evaluated and surely she will get the help she really needs if mom does not appear to be demanding in a threatening way. All this is just going to hurt the student in the end anyway if mom continues to carry a burning torch.

          Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:57 pm
          • So let me get this right If a parent demands, gets upset, may lose control of emotions over their child this will only hurt the child Why because your the one in control and if you dislike the parent the child will not get help. So if she says I’m sorry your so right, the child gets the help. Oh please get of over your self ant the power you think you have Lets use another example; Mom takes child to doctor, doctor say child is fine, mom take child for more test, doctor says child is fine Mom knows her child, but still insist something is wrong Goes to another doctor, more test They find something everyone before this doctor missed. Child now receives the needed care Why because mom know her child and knew there is a need, mom was persistent and did not give up until the need was met. So just because you hold a position does not mean you know everything and maybe what you think is right is incorrect Don’t be so blind to think a test used for a guideline purpose only is always best Sometimes you need to step out of the box and say ok lets try this, give a reasonable timeline Who know maybe this is just what was needed and mom was right The issue of not trusting the school is why being vocal is needed.

            Take the child out and go somewhere Else? Excuse me this her right to be in public school Maybe, just maybe the problem is in the school and the wink link is a counselor, admin, teacher, etc. And the weak link is fixed So don’t be so bind to say we know everything the test say ….. Open your eyes and stop blaming and telling the parent leave if you don’t like it You leave if you don’t like a parent being a parent whether they are quiet and timid or loud and as you say over reacting Deal with it that’s part of the job you took and help the child

            Saturday, 2 April 2016, 11:01 am
        • Another parent = Danielle Underwood

          biker 1 = also Danielle Underwood

          C’mon Danielle!!! At least try not to use part of your personal e-mail address in your anonymous name.

          Saturday, 2 April 2016, 4:57 pm
          • So Jane Citizen, you are a lawyer? You say you are representing all of these people so that sound like a lawyer. I’m pretty sure you are not a lawyer so I don’t think the term “representing” is the proper term. I would like to assure you, however, that Danielle has not made a single comment on this thread. Do you know why I know that? The same way you should. I think we all can agree that Danielle is an outspoken woman is not afraid to speak up for herself or her daughter so she would no use an alias. That is just not her style. What I do find appalling are the harsh words being used on here and am wondering if you were to use your real name, would you be speaking the same way. It is unfortunate how technology has made it so easy for people to be so mean. If you really thought Danielle has been so awful, then you would have two choices. 1. To behave in the same manner or 2. To behave in the Professional manner that I suspect is the position you hold. Are you really afraid to say who you are or is it just easier to cyber vent because you can go out in pubic holding your head high? Just remember this, Integrity is who you are when no one is looking. I’m not sure who you fear job loss from since Silva and Romano are clearly the ones who made the trespass and felony charges decision.

            Saturday, 2 April 2016, 10:57 pm
          • LMAO You have no idea, What was the warning to you as an HCSB employee and social media

            Sunday, 3 April 2016, 12:00 am
        • Biker 1 The police Chief in Prairieville is meant solely for the enjoyment of Dennis Purdy. If you knew anything about the man before you aligned yourself with him, you would know what I am talking about. But since you don’t, I will give you a pass. Even though you are one of Danielle’s alias names on here.

          Saturday, 2 April 2016, 5:24 pm
  • Shame on that school…..someone should be fired

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:08 pm
  • Many parents fight for ese labeling because they get much more money from the state.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:59 pm
    • What! Um, having your child classified as disabled in the school setting so they can get extra help does not give your child access to any state money. It does however give additional monies to the school from the federal system via the Matrix so that the school can provide the services your child requires.

      I think your confusing this with SSI (disability through Social Security) You can be considered disabled in the school setting and not receive SSI. There is a criteria that SSI set up that is often quite long and involved and may (most often) require a lawyer to get through to receive SSI monies for your child.

      These are two totally different things, from two completely different entities that have little to nothing to do with one another..

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:25 pm
  • Next they’ll try to prosecute this concerned parent for truancy for keeping her daughter home. In my experience, Hernando County schools prefer uninvolved, uninterested parents who keep their mouths shut. I never had any problems with parental involvement after moving out of state.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:56 pm
    • I hope they do go after her for Truancy since she will keep her daughter out of school for an entire week saying she is sick and then she will post all over Facebook about how she did so well at her cheer competition that same week. Danielle Underwood is the only problem Aryana has.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 8:48 pm
      • Wow So you do not like her That is not what this is about It doesn’t matter how she personally handles it be smiling politely, crying, raising hell, acting crazy This is her daughter and she is doing what she feels is right for her child. It is called ADVOCATING Point is we may not agree with all she may do but her right as a parent has been violated.

        Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:03 pm
        • I don’t like her. But that is because of how she behaves and the fact that she is the problem. The school and the administration and the teachers have tried for years to work with this woman but she is never satisfied. She constantly attacks them and plasters negative comments all over her Facebook blog on an almost daily basis. She never brings any solutions to the table and behaves like a raving lunatic in meetings.
          They try to make changes to help her child and she is not happy. They change the child’s teacher and she is not happy. They give her special accomodations to allow her child to have the best atmosphere for taking tests and she is not happy. She is not advocating anymore.
          I for one support Dr. Romano, Mrs. Silva and all of the other school staff that has finally taken a stand against this woman. Underwood has and continues to take time away from the staff that they could be using to address real issues instead of the ravings of a woman that will never be satisfied EVER!!! Withdraw your kid, home school her and go away already Underwood. You will not be happy with anything the school system does for you.
          As for the people on here supporting Underwood, I suggest you watch the school board meetings from the past and listen to her incessant ravings and insults against the School Board and faculty members. Then they might get a small glimpse into the crazy that Underwood truly is.

          Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:57 pm
          • Then why don’t you come out behind the curtain and tell everyone who you are. Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing.

            Friday, 1 April 2016, 5:32 pm
          • This is for you Maria Burns. As much as I want to say who I am and tell Underwood this personally, I have to do it from behind an anonymous name. You see, I represent the public official, the teacher, the firefighter, and the law enforcement officer that wants to speak out and tell people how they feel but is too afraid to. The reason we are too afraid to tell our side or come out and have an opinion that might not agree with someone else is because those that may not like what we have to say will complain to our employers and say we were rude on social media and that is so appalling. Then they will screenshot a comment that offended them and send it to our employers. We are not allowed to have an opinion without fear of retribution and loss of our jobs. It is not our fault that people get all butt hurt when someone does not agree with them or support them. Now you know why I will not say who I/WE are.
            By the way, I chose this name, because it is the same name that was used to do a public records request on Chocachatti staff for their work e-mails the day after Underwood was investigated for illegal recording.

            Saturday, 2 April 2016, 4:52 pm
  • This is horrible! The school system here sucks. Hope this all works out in your favor. As someone who has children that eventually will go to school here scares me. My nephew who is attending 3rd grade for 3 time makes me sick to think that someone had not stepped in to find out WHY! & DCF was involved and them too did not even blink an eye about it. But smack your kid in the mouth and your children are being removed. You can be a shitty parent but can’t be doing anything illegal and all is good. What a joke. Scarier now to see this mother advocating for her child and is being treated this way. What a joke. I’ve lived her my whole life and it’s definitely getting scary.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:33 pm
  • Hernando County has NO idea how to educate special needs children. When I moved from Long Island New York to Spring Hill, I was under the mistaken assumption that the school systems were like the one I had come from. The BOCES program for special needs was WONDERFUL. They evaluated my son who has Asperger’s Syndrome (though Not named at the time). and placed him in smaller classes with children of like levels of disabilities. He blossomed so much there. After we came here, it was like a step back for him. It took a lot of time at home to bring him back. The best thing in the BOCES program was they had weekly workshops and information sessions for the parents so they could know what was happening and the modifications, etc that were being used in the classroom and enabled them to be used at home. Here…nothing then they threw him into mainstream classes and pulled support aides…..Clearly, not what I expected.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:25 pm
  • I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Special needs children should not be mixed with regular students. There are probably enough Special Ed. students of all types that would justify a school dedicated to their needs. Many of these students are disruptive or so slow as to hold back the regular students.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:23 pm
    • Seriously? If we allowed the HCSB or any school to revert back to the 60’s and do something like that then disabled children would go back to being considered a “lost cause” and wouldn’t be educated at all. They would receive the least qualified teachers and the least amount of services when their disabilities demand the most knowledgeable. Just so you are aware in case you have never been in contact with a disabled student in the school setting. They do have and use self contained classrooms for children who have the worst behavioral problems and educational difficulties. As they progress they are then moved into a classroom setting called “inclusion” this is where the children begin to experience an “average” students day and the teachers can monitor them to see if they are ready to move on. The very last step is a main stream classroom. For a child to make it there one of the very same IEP meetings that we are talking about have to occur. If the school staff feels the child can meet a mainstream standard then this is where they go.. many times a parent will want to hold back and keep their child in an inclusion setting, the conversations become heated and the parents are hit with three words they can’t seem to combat no matter how hard they try. “Least Restrictive Environment.”

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:15 pm
      • For years I worked in a position where I had the opportunity to speak to school officials and teachers in an off the record setting. An overwhelming majority were against inclusion and mainstreaming. They felt that parents/voters controlled School Boards which dictated policies. Parents of regular students did not realize their kids were being slowed down so therefore did not raise objections.

        Thursday, 31 March 2016, 8:05 pm
  • Anyone can record you as long as one person in the room knows it’s being recorded which would be you

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:15 pm
    • Wrong J!!! Why don’t you try reading the statute before posting your uneducated drivel. The only time you can record someone without their consent is in a place that is open to the public where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. Since she was recording these people in a closed meeting, this was not open to the public and Underwood would have to have consent from everyone in the room before she could legally record them. She has every right to say that she is recording the meeting prior to it starting, and they have every right to walk out of the meeting and not consent to her recording them.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 8:43 pm
  • I hope Silva gets what she truely deserves… daugnter attended that school and the minute Silva entered as principle I had MAJOR problems….MAJOR. I had to put into writting and submit to the school that my daugnter was, under NO circumstances, to be alone with that SILVA principle. She was completely out of line when talking to my daugnter, who has a personality disorder. Silva, if your reading this, I have been waiting to out you on social media, like I told you to your face….”you are not qualified to do the job your doing, I dont care what kind of degree you have.”
    I pulled my daughter out of that school two weeks before graduation because that Silva lady took my comments I made to her, out on my daughter because thats the kind of person she is. She is nothign but an EMPTY SUIT. She stirs the pot and causes more drama, and seems to delight in it. It’s so disgusting. That school has gone down hill ever since she stepped foot in it.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:15 pm
  • To those who say this doesn’t make sense, there is more to the story. This actually started last year when the child’s dance instructor got fired and the principal was found to have acted inappropriately. Even the president of the teachers union has been forcing school board candidates to discriminate against Danielle. This is really ALL retaliations for getting the teacher fired. Well she needed fired and should not be around children and Principal Silva needs to go for participating in retaliation. And Lori Romano needs to go because she isn’t qualified to lead a blind person, let alone a school.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:07 pm
    • Dennis, I am sorry to tell you but no dance instructor got fired over any incident as you stated. There has never actually been anyone fired in the history of Chocachatti for there are some very dedicated staff members who really do care deeply about the students and parents of this school. Please research before you fall into a post that contains absolute incorrect information. It did start with an issue last year with the dance teacher and the student and parent but all allegations were unfounded and the parent requested the student not to be in the dance class any more in which the request was granted.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:29 pm
  • High Anxiety? There was no such thing when I was growing up. Especially in children. How did we ever make it.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:58 pm
  • This is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous…. shame on HCS….. this is a child…. and you made it about the parent…. what happened to children first….

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:47 pm
    • Please remember that Mrs. Underwood has chosen to include the child in several conversations with school administration that was probably not a good idea for a child to be included in and was also guilty of letting her listen to things that would stress her even more. Advocating for your child is your right but you also have to be careful of what situations you include the child in causing harm also.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:33 pm
  • go to the school board and demand a copy of the “RED BOOK” and let them know you are tired of them dening your child her right to an education by not following an IEP after asking for one

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:46 pm
    • Please realize that the student was tested and did not meet the state parameters for an Individualized Education Plan. She is not being denied the services she is not eligible for. This is not just the district standards but the state of Florida.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:35 pm
  • She should just homeschool, I do and it is so much better in so many different ways in my opinion. You are in more control of your child’s education and needs, there’s hardly ever sickness and there are just as much programs to help kids where they need it.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:45 pm
  • was=why…not sure how that got posted

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:45 pm
  • why does she have to call weekly…was doesn’t the school district answer the first time??

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:44 pm
  • You know I will stand behind you all the way on this. None of this should of ever happened and they had no right to do any of this to you in any way. And If I am chosen to be on the school board I will fight like hell for anyone going threw this ever.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:44 pm
    • Mr. Gordon, my hopes that are if you do get elected to the school board you will do your job accordingly. Rules are set in place, we are hearing one side of this story and not what is recorded in the IEP meetings which are what determine if a child is eligible. None of this would have happened if the rules and guidelines were followed and criteria met. Not every parent will get what they ‘feel’ their child deserves, but they will get what is fair and given to everyone else in the system. What she and her poor child are going ‘through’ should be kept private or, at the least, her child kept out of the limelight as no one knows what may come of all this publicity now that every parent and their children know the story.

      Children are the future… what we teach them now is what they will do later. Rebuking and poking at a system that has worked for 98% of the children with IEP’s who did all that was required is not the way it should be handled.

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 6:25 pm
  • I went through the same fight with Explorer K-8, I fought tooth and nail to get my son’s IEP. I just can’t understand why there is such resistance to the schools giving the children who need this the additional help? It makes no sense at all!

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:43 pm
  • interesting that they would refer to FERPA when the district has been in violation of FERPA for at least as long as Dr. Romano has been here. I sent them notice of violation several weeks ago when some parents complained that they were being denied access to their child’s tests. To date every member of the school board and Romano herself refuses to respond to emails or phone calls.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:37 pm
  • What people have to understand that there is two sides to every story. I have been dealing with Hernando County schools for 16 years and although we have had some heated discussions over my children I have never been told not to come to the school or I would be arrested for trespassing. As many students that carry the label of ESE and have IEP’s it doesn’t make any sense that the schools would deny this one child. So let’s take the word of a mother over a room full of educated adults who have dedicated their lives to educating children.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:35 pm
    • They aren’t denying just one child. If you have a friend or family member with a disability my recommendation to you would be to sit in on an IEP meeting. Doctors scripts for therapy and other services are considered recommendations. They won’t supply it or any other kind of accommodation unless they feel it’s warranted. These people may have dedicated their lives to educating children but they need to tailor their opinions to their own area of expertise. They are not doctors or therapists, and therefore they have no business what so ever going against a prescribed treatment or an assistance/ modification that was prescribed by someone who is.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:01 pm
  • Well let’s see if these board members will do tgeir jobs or if we need to vote them all out in November or whenever they come time to answer.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:34 pm
  • I Moved out of Hernando county, because of the ESE specialist at brooksville elementary. I repeatedly asked for them to do an IQ test on my son and they refused saying it wouldn’t change. Well as soon as we moved to citrus they requested records from Hernando and nothing came but his iep. So they tested him and his IQ dropped 20 points.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:32 pm
  • You Should have not spoken with the detective nor turned over your phone!!!Ima retired officer in Florida.It was hearsay til you admitted it and gave them the evidence.You are allowed to take video and audio of any public official in the performance of their duties,,That does not fall under the florida state statute and this has been upheld in appeals that its allowed

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:31 pm
    • Wrong J!!!! Try reading the statute next time before posting crap!!!

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 8:44 pm
  • Contract ester School, they cater to children with disabilities, Hernando county will not do anything for your daughter it’s sad to say, this coming from a parent who has been in your shoes for years, first with lowndes co, ga, then pasco co, then Hernando co, I thought Hernando had the “better” school system when I bought my home here, not when it comes to a child with special learning. Instead they push them under the rug, thru the system, and the teachers and administrators are as bad if not worse than the kids at bullying the child with special needs. You as the parent are plagued the bad guy because your trying to do what’s right for your child, a voice that to that school board means nothing. Ester school is run by ESE teachers that had enough of the parents and teachers not getting a voice. They actually care about our children. I’m sorry your going thru this I hope your voice makes a difference, as many of us before you has tried. Best of luck, from one mother to another.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:18 pm
  • Anxiety isn’t a reason to get an IEP, whether a Dr says it is or not. That lady is not stable, her daughter probably has anxiety from having her as a parent. I’ve personally seen her threaten at school board meetings and yes, I’ve seen her yell and stomp out of Mrs. Silva’s office at CES like a little child throwing a fit. If I were at that school, I’d throw trespassing on her too, for my own safety. Two sides to every story, people. A sane one, and the attention grabbing one.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:18 pm
    • I hate to say it, but I feel there is something more going on here with this woman. Fight for your child, but don’t embarrass her and yourself to the point where you’re hit with trespassing. Curious to see this unfold, in the meantime, home school this child and see if you can work through this with the district without doing more damage to the child.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 4:24 pm
      • And being they don!t want you on school grounds @ if you own a home you should not have to pay taxes for school while teaching your child at home. Good luck.

        Friday, 1 April 2016, 2:09 am
    • Hate to break it to you sport but your opinion on it ranks right with the teachers, a flat nothing on the nowhere scale. however a Pediatric Psychiatrist, and Speech Pathologist are the qualified individuals to make the determination of a child’s learning disability and need of special help not a teach or a random indivual lile yourself that disagrees with how a particular parent fight for her kids rights.

      Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:07 pm
      • If your discounting Anxiety as a disability because everyone can be anxious, then consider it a symptom or characteristic of one of her other noted disabilities – maybe Expressive and Receptive Language Delay. What is that? It is defined as struggling to put thoughts into words, difficulty in finding the right words to form clear and concise sentences while speaking, AND difficulty understanding what others are saying.

        If you can’t articulate and you don’t understand, that is going to have an impact on your education and stress you out to the point you can’t function. So yes, I have seen severe anxiety listed as a reason for an accommodation when the child has been diagnosed as OHI – Other Health Impaired.

        What is Other Health Impaired – in some instances it means … this child has so much going on with them we can’t possibly list all the symptoms were are dealing with so OHI is like a symptom catch all… In other instances it means mom and dad don’t want to have their kid diagnosed because they are afraid of the stigma but deep down both they and the staff are willing to acknowledge there is “something” going on with this kid and they need help.

        Thursday, 31 March 2016, 7:23 pm
  • Hernando’s ese program and complaints need to be reviewed by someone at the state or national level. So many issues and so many children paying the price. I’ve been waiting on results for more than 7 months. The school year is nearly over and I can’t even get a return phone call!

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:15 pm
  • I completely understand this mother’s problems and issues with this school district. I wish this school district would get over itself and help our children. I have 2. Each with very different issues and needs and always feel they are brushed away and not getting everything they need. The school one attends is high rated and no one speaks out but that might be part of the problem. These schools are required to help our children but are not doing so to the best of their abilities.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:14 pm
  • Another example of school administrators and teachers being clueless regarding this little girl. How the hell do they keep there jobs?

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:06 pm
    • Teachers certainly let you down, Woody.
      It’s ‘their’, not ‘there’.

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 8:40 am
  • Omg, they tresspassed her. Yep this county has gone to hell in a handbasket.

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 3:04 pm
  • Wow….i hope and pray that everything gets resolved and is in urs and ur daughters favor!!! I am so mad after reading this!! Good luck!!!

    Thursday, 31 March 2016, 2:59 pm

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