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Old 01-25-2019, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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She should have called the child's parent first. If they then could not afford medical care she could have offered to pay out of pocket. What she did was illegal and that is unfortunate.
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:11 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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......... She was trying to help a student who clearly needed help.

Here's the thing, though. If you want to be a hero and help a kid, you are supposed to use your own money to do it. Not steal the money from someone else
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Creepy. I bet the female superintendent was doing more than committing insurance fraud with the "young man".


BTW, this is national news because she's a hot blonde.
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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As a teacher I say this superintendent was very inappropriate with her behavior. Honestly, I think she has at minimum an unhealthy attachment to this boy. Who goes to a student's residence to clean a house? Buy him clothes? She's getting sympathy for her actions now because it involved medical care but I think she crossed a line and I wonder what else has gone on behind the scenes.

As an administrator there is protocol with situations like these. She had all the tools to go through the proper channels but chose to insert herself personally. If this was a male superintendent with a female student I wonder if the story would get the same response.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:10 PM
 
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Here's the thing, though. If you want to be a hero and help a kid, you are supposed to use your own money to do it. Not steal the money from someone else
She COULDN'T. She had to pretend he's her child, or she couldn't seek medical help for him.

Of course, what she should have done is go through his guardian, but the fact is, she can't take him in for medical care and pay out of pocket - because she needed some way to say he's her dependent.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:15 PM
 
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I'm afraid it's not looking good for Ms. Smitherman.

It turns out Elwood schools all have health clinics with access to doctors, a fact the superintendent surely would have known. The family is demanding to know why the boy wasn't taken to one of those. In addition, the teen's legal guardian as well as local relatives were listed as emergency contacts but never notified.

I'm sorry, guys, but I can't think of any reason for Smitherman's illegal and unethical behavior other than she has an inappropriate relationship with the boy. She had many options for treatment but I believe she chose one that she thought would retain her access to him.

https://www.wthr.com/article/family-...ne-teenage-boy
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:57 PM
 
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It turns out Elwood schools all have health clinics with access to doctors, a fact the superintendent surely would have known. The family is demanding to know why the boy wasn't taken to one of those.
From the Yahoo article, it sounds like she did originally take him to the health clinic, but was turned away because she wasn't the boy's legal guardian. She then took him elsewhere, where she claimed the boy was her son.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Exactly. Hardly a life or death situation.

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Actually, untreated strep throat can be a life or death situation.

One summer I got strep six times and my last round of penicillin did not work and the strep moved into my kidneys and I was hospitalized for a week.

One of my sorority sisters blew off strep throat to go on spring break and ended up with permanent heart damage.

Step is very serious.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:05 PM
 
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From the Yahoo article, it sounds like she did originally take him to the health clinic, but was turned away because she wasn't the boy's legal guardian.
Actually, it says she took him to “a clinic.” The family says she should have taken him to the school clinic.

The family, according to the link I posted, is evaluating their options. Which is usually code for a lawsuit.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:19 AM
 
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Actually, it says she took him to ďa clinic.Ē The family says she should have taken him to the school clinic.
Yes, but knowing the school district has a clinic, it makes sense that she would take him there first. And it also makes sense thst a Yahoo article wouldn't name the specific clinic, and instead just say that she took him to "a clinic".
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