Esmeralda Rivera started attending the Pacific Boulevard school in Huntington Park when she was 6 years old. But at the end of 5th grade, and despite the fact that the school goes from Kindergarten to 12th grade, the authorities told her she had to change schools.
Pacific Boulevard is a special education school, with facilities specially designed for children with medium and severe disabilities, such as a gym and play area adapted for the use of wheelchairs, large classrooms with bathrooms inside the classroom and beds where they change the children. Years ago, students up to 22 years of age, and with disabilities, could attend up to the 12th grade. But the center began a transitional phase, including other children from the general population to encourage integrated education, and began transferring graduates from 5th grade to other schools.
"My daughter has epilepsy and seizures," shared Aurelia Eraso, mother of 14 year old Esmeralda. "They already knew her at Pacific Boulevard and they had specialized personnel who knew how to act when there were any problems" she noted.
"When Esmeralda had a seizure at the new school [Los Angeles Academy], the teacher and the other kids got scared, they did not know how to act," the mother recalled.
After the incident, the teacher asked Eraso to leave the girl in the house. Currently, Esmeralda no longer attends school and must take classes at home.Read More