Received by certified mail today a notice for an informal hearing regarding a 5 day suspension from school, an invitation to participate in IEP meeting called a Manifestation Determination for Tuesday morning. HELP!! There were no papers explaining "manifestation determination" or rights! The suspension steamed from him tossing a book to a girl 2 sets back (not smart). The book hit the arm of a student him and 2 friends reported for cheating. THe other student flew out of his seat and started at my son. My son moved to the other side of the room. The other student tripped over a desk, hit his face (no injury) then tried to throw the desk. The other student was sent to the office, then my son was escorted to the office. While in the office, he called to tell me what happen (in the IEP the principal/discplinarian are to allow him to call because when he gets worked up he can not verbally express/explain the situation. When he went in the office, there were 4 adults, guidance, disciplarian, prinicpal and a woman that he did not know. Received the notification for a 5 day suspension and written description. The written description did not match what my son said the events were. So naturally, I questioned him and 2 of the classmates. They collaborated his story. So what do I do? What should I expect at a manifestation determination? Wha tis the difference between the informal hearing and the manifestation determination? There are only 5 days of school remaining with a suspension, he can not take his final exams. The other time he was suspended it was related to his impulsive behavior. His medications (Adderral and Tegretol) had to be discontinued. Now I am starting to impulsive behavior. The IEP has not been followed by the school on numerous occassions related to weekly reports and behavioral plan. All incidents involve tardiness to school, impulsive behavior, i.e tossing a book to a friend 3 seats away. No fist fights, weapons, drugs involved. Here is an example of the problems I have with the school. My son had a detention (which I argee he deserved for being tardy the other day). I had to go to school official becuse the disciplinarian wanted to give it to him during his co-operative educational training which another teacher told be should not be done. After my son spoke with the principal, he changed the time. When my son went to report the disciplinarian told him to leave there were no "special" deals for him. I had to call the prinicipal who then instructed the student to return. After driving to school to pick him up, I had to drive back for the detention, then home and then back again. ANy ideas would be grateful? There is only 5 days of this school year and I do not want to have him repeat 11 grade because of a suspension. HELP!!!