makes me SO angry. When I talk about my family, I don't say, Oh, I have a child with bipolar, ODD, anxiety issues. He is a great kid. However, I had a conversation recently with a co-worker who lives in my same town, who was telling me what school he is sending his child to (charter school) because at this school they don't "allow" any special education kids there to "mess" up MY child. He stated that kids who misbehave are a direct result of poor parenting. That you need to spank you child and they will learn how to behave. I was so angry at that and many other comments he continued to make. I told him that the charter school he is referring to is part of unified public school district, and it DOES recieve special education services if needed, it is the law. He said I am wrong. That you have to sign up to go there so if your child misbehaves they kick them out. I asked him what would happen if now that his child is starting school, in a year or so he finds out his child has ADHD or another disability. He stated that would never happen because he parents correctly and spanks. Therefore his child will Always behave and listen. He said he will be sure to ask that question about special education at the next school meeting because he doesn't want "those" kind of children around HIS son. How can a parent be so blind??? None of our kids asked to have these issues, and none of us parents choose to have the issues we do that must be dealt with. I was speechless in what to say.