The IEP meeting for YS was long and draining but in the end, we got what we wanted and more. YS has recovered miraculously well from his suicide attempt, cognitively speaking. No learning disabilities whatsoever. But his depression and anxiety are just as bad if not worse. This was his first week back at school. It came out in the meeting that he has been hiding with the counselor, openly sobbing about the prospect of returning to class. There were a couple of classes he never even attended at all, all week. He hid in the counselor’s office instead. He not only qualified for an IEP for emotional disability, he was placed in the district’s therapeutic school. YS initially resisted the change but privately told his counselor he needs to go there, but was fearful of his parents’ reaction. Both his parents signed off on the placement. YS is in such bad shape still, emotionally. Things seem just as they were when he attempted, with the pressure and stress of school pushing him over the edge. We toured the therapeutic school and were impressed. We feel it is what he needs. We are thankful for the first real change in his environment, since his father won’t change and he will have nothing to do with us for the time being. He bonded with his counselor and apparently has been honest with her about his situation, and for that we are grateful. We hope he will bond with staff at his new school as well. We feel certain that he will and that he will be more comfortable there. The social developmental study made mention of my wife’s anger and abusiveness as well as his recent falling out with grandma who cursed YS out and said she never wanted to see him again when he chose to return to his father full time a few weeks ago. I doubt this will open my wife’s eyes all that much, but we can always hope. The district did the right thing. We are relieved.