Horry county school leaders say they are in turmoil after a parent complained about the school’s treatment of a child who is disabled.
The parent said she spoke to her daughter, who was autistic, about the bullying and then learned that the school had sent a letter home that was addressed to her.
In an interview with KHOU 11 News, Horry School Superintendent Gary Sperling says that the letter addressed to the student is a legal document.
The letter is not signed by the child’s school.
Sperling told KHOU11 News, “It’s the most ridiculous thing we have ever seen in this school district.
It’s completely inappropriate, and it’s just ridiculous.”
The letter addressed her child, who is autistic, was sent home from school Tuesday.
It reads:Dear Mrs. Paul, I apologize for the very negative and inappropriate letter that was sent to you.
You know that you are disabled and it is my fault for not understanding what the letter said, so I’m not going to tell you what it says.
I will ask you to take a moment to look at it.
It is addressed to your mother and it says:Dear Ms. Paul: Thank you for your interest in the school and for being your daughter’s friend.
I hope you have a wonderful school year.
I would love to be able to help you with your special needs.
We appreciate the understanding you have shown.
I know you’re working hard to be a good student and I am sure that you will be happy to receive a letter that is addressed specifically to you and addressed to you personally.
If you have any questions or concerns about this letter, you can call (713) 654-8500.
I appreciate the interest and support that you have from the school community.
We will work with you to get this letter to you as soon as possible.
“Horry County school officials told KHOUT 11 News they have not received a letter from the district from the teacher who wrote the letter.
They say that they will not discuss the incident in any other way than that it is a matter that will be handled internally.
The school district says they are reviewing their policies.