…I need your help… I don’t know what to do anymore! He…he…took so many pills and I can’t tell you why. I’m in so much pain.
It sounds like you and your son are suffering. I want to assure you that I’m here to help, not harm or make either of you feel worse. Is there anything I should know about your son that might not be represented in his medical chart?
Ray’s always had a hard time at school, and he’d get into fights with classmates, arguments with teachers, or just disrupt class. Last year, they diagnosed Ray with ADHD and transferred him over to special ed classes where he says the work is too easy.
And how did you feel about the change?
…like my child was being singled out. This diagnosis only happened because we moved to a new neighborhood with a new school. Most of the teachers there are white and I feel like they targeted him as the “bad student” because he’s Black.
Unfortunately, this is typical for Black boys to be disproportionately characterized as “aggressive” and punished in our school systems without being given the support they need.
Exactly! Ray often comes home from home with tears in his eyes and locks himself in the room because of the isolation. Plus, he was recently suspended.
Once we treat Ray with the appropriate care, I could write a letter to his school clarifying his diagnosis and treatment plan, while also recommending supportive therapeutic interventions.