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Ordeal February 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — srowe5 @ 9:25 am

I am just trying to breathe.

The past 5 days have been some of the most stressful days I have experienced in a long, long, time.

Many of you know what we have been going through, and your support and encouragement has helped us get through this amazingly tough time.

If you don’t know:  Our 4-year-old daughter, Ava, was left on a public school bus for 3 hours on Wednesday afternoon.  I don’t want to go into all the details of the past 5 days, or all the details of that dreadful day, but, as you can imagine.  WE.  ARE.  DEVASTATED.

Here is the link to the news story.

I am still struggling with this a lot.  I can’t sleep, I have no appetite—-I am just distraught by the entire events of that day.  Thinking of my sweet Ava sitting, alone, in that bus for hours makes me want to weep.  We are praising God, though, that she is home safe and sound.  This could have been catastrophic, so we are thanking God He brought her home safely to us.

We are firm believers in the public school system, and this Developmental Preschool and their staff have helped Ava in amazing ways.

BUT.

The school system failed us.  The school system failed Ava.  In ALL WAYS POSSIBLE.

This was so much more than a mistake.  This put my child’s life at risk.

God tells us, that, “All things work together for good, for those who love Him.”

We believe that, and we WANT this to work for good.  For change.

But, we also believe that the appropriate actions must be taken!!!

I hope this encourages you to get on the horn—–Call your schools, make sure they are TAKING ATTENDANCE.  How do they KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CHILDREN?  What procedures and protocols are in place for the bus drivers??  How are they ensuring your kids are SAFE?!?!?!  Don’t become complacent and figure that schools are following protocol and doing everything they should be—-they just might not be, like, we, unfortunately, found out.

In our case, we want to be a voice for our beloved daughter who doesn’t always have a voice.

So, I guess it’s a new week, but, since it’s going to be busy and consuming, I’ve realized a meal plan is more important than ever!

Here’s ours for the week:

Monday: Spaghetti with homemade Meatballs, Green Salad, Homemade French Baguettes. I’m going to try THIS recipe.

Tuesday:  Shredded Pork Nachos, homemade Guacamole, Salad, Smoothies

Wednesday: Chicken Delight (Freezer), Corn, Pumpkin Rolls (freezer)

Thursday:  Meatloaf (freezer), Mashed Potatoes (freezer), steamed Broccoli

FridayHomemade Pizza

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6 Responses to “Ordeal”

  1. Melissa Huffines Says:

    Oh my word Sarah! That is unbelievable! I would be in an outrage. Poor little Ava. Is she back at school now? I can’t believe the driver wasn’t fired on the spot. Praise God that she is okay.

    • srowe5 Says:

      Thanks so much Melissa! We are in the same outrage!!! Ava has been dreadfully sick since this happened, so she didn’t go today. I’m hoping she will be better tomorrow to be able to go back. But, NOT on the bus!!!!

  2. Tomara Says:

    OH SARAH! I am so incredibly sorry this happened! I fully agree with you on this. Bus driver should be fired. Teacher should be seriously reprimanded. I worked as a school secretary for a year and one of my main responsibilities was attendance. I had to call parents when kids were absent. Tedious, but worth it.

    I am praying for your family and for Ava. I pray that justice will be done. I pray that Ava’s young mind will forget the ordeal. I pray for full emotional healing.

    • srowe5 Says:

      Tomara, thank you so much!!! This experience has been truly devastating for the entire family. Your prayers are so much appreciated!!!

  3. Kami Says:

    I am late to this (just saw your blog for the first time on MPM), but wanted to let you know how sorry I am about your daughter being left on the bus. I live near you & read about this on the news & felt horrible at the time. I hope your daughter is doing well & that the school is taking appropriate steps to ensure this never, ever happens again.
    Best wishes to your family.

    • srowe5 Says:

      Kami–Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it. It has been an extremely tough time for us, to say the least, but, we are hopeful and prayerful that all of our wounds will heal. Thanks, again, for stopping by my blog and for your thoughtful comments!


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