|Free education isn't the issue in the OP's post, it is the insulin injections.
Diabetes is a medical condition that impacts a major life activity, in this case, education. It's an issue under Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities act.
|You have to keep in mind that the OP said it was a RUMOR that they left because there was no school nurse on duty full time. The rumor may not be true, the child may not need a nurse on full time, the parents may have been fussy about what they wanted and demanded things that were way beyond what the child needed, maybe there is a full time nurse & the parents didn't like that one & wanted a new/2nd nurse, the school may not have the funding to provide that service for that school year or maybe they lost funding for the school year coming up.
Yes, I do keep that in mind. Which is bothering me immensely, because to me, this becomes something of darwinianism at its worst. "We don't do that here" is not acceptable to me. Not when you're gay. Not when you have color to your skin. Not when you have an accent. Not when you're blind, or deaf, or can't walk. Not when you're sick. To me, it's all the same. Discrimination is discrimination, and rampant rumors are ugly and often wrong. How sad for this family, moving to a new home, a new school, arriving to the looks, whispers and wonderings, maybe feeling intimidated, almost certainly not feeling welcomed. Too bad, "we don't do that here."
|Suing the school it going to hurt every child that goes to that school.
Maybe, maybe not. Schools have reserves for this very issue, and frankly, I think it might be good for the kids to have their school district learn a little tolerance.
Believe me, I understand. I've been doing this for fifteen years. And in fairness, there is a family in my district currently that I hope sues the pants off of us. And administrator had the audacity to tell the parent, "We don't do wheelchairs." Really? 'Cause last I heard, the federal government says you do. I believe in public education. I just don't always believe in the people who are running it, or the people involved in it, and sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. So, if the rumors--which are apparently fine when they are about the child but not so much when objected to--are true, I do hope the parents are suing the previous
(keep that in mind too) district.
eta; And I agree. The child does not likely need a full time nurse. A nurse is probably going to have to supervise an individual who can monitor blood sugar levels and administer insulin shots until the child is able to do so for him/herself. However, that does not negate the initial question, which was, "Should" a district be required to provide this service. My answer remains absolutely yes.