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  1. #1
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    Apr 2004

    PA - Shannon Berthiaume rammed van into Philadelphia school, 2005

    PHILADELPHIA A woman apparently upset over the treatment of her children by other students rammed her minivan into the front of the Huey Elementary School (search) in West Philadelphia this morning.

    No children were injured, but a bus attendant standing inside the school was slightly injured when the van with the woman and three children crashed into the front door of the school, about 50 feet from the street.

    There was no major damage to the vehicle or the school building and little more than a bumper mark on the door of the school.

    School officials say the woman had been complaining that her children were being picked on by other students since being transferred to Huey Elementary in December.

    Investigators say they found signs in the van protesting the children's treatment. Authorities say the woman had threatened to drive into the school on Monday, but police were notified and an incident was averted then...........http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,157545,00.html
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  2. #2
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    Apr 2005
    I swear it wasn't me!

    Seriously though, how awful to risk killing someone like that, maybe even your own kids. Nice role model MOM

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    Apr 2005
    Quote Originally Posted by angrymom
    I swear it wasn't me!

    Seriously though, how awful to risk killing someone like that, maybe even your own kids. Nice role model MOM
    Not condoning what she did, but there have been times............

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    Mar 2005
    I wonder if her defense will be that she was being picked on. Could her behavior be an indicator of her child's behavior?

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    Jul 2004

    PA - Mom who crashed van into school speaks out "No one was listening"

    IN THE PICTURES that fourth-grader Destiny drew about her life at school, the little girl with a long ponytail labeled "me" always has tears streaming down her face.

    "I am afrade to go to Huey School," she wrote in a note her mother found in her bookbag.

    In one picture, the girl with the ponytail is surrounded by other children who have their arms stretched out as if hitting the girl in the center.

    In a note, the 9-year-old wrote: "Dear Mom, Can you help? I wish you can get help. Help us Mom. I am sad and afrade."

    For six months, said Shannon Berthiaume (the pronunciation rhymes with perfume), her three children came home from school with almost daily accounts of having been taunted with racial remarks like "whitey," "white girl," or "white boy," or having been punched, scratched or spat upon

    Berthiaume says she called DHS to report that her kids were being abused at school. She said the DHS worker told her the agency could not investigate complaints against a school.

    She says she's gotten calls from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Education Law Center and a mental-health organization because she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has a bipolar disorder.

    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Oct 2014
    October 2010:

    SHANNON BERTHIAUME knows she did something stupid, something she can’t take back.

    In a fit of frustration, the mother of three drove her minivan into a West Philadelphia elementary school in 2005 to protest the escalating racial bullying her kids had suffered there.

    Although no one was seriously injured and the only damage was a scratch on the school door, Berthiaume was arrested and sentenced to a year of probation...

    Social workers from the city’s Department of Human Services took her kids away and kept them, pingponging between foster homes, for a year and a half.

    When Berthiaume got them back, all three had been sexually molested in their foster homes, she said....

    At one home, Berthiaume’s daughter said, a foster parent choked and threatened her after wrongly assuming she scratched a foster baby in the home.

    Worst was the teenage boy in one home who pinned her down and fondled her as she struggled to escape in May 2006. She was 10 years old. She and Berthiaume sued DHS for the incident and won a $25,000 settlement from the city and its subcontracted provider in which DHS admitted no fault, DHS records show.

    In infrequent phone calls and supervised visits, Berthiaume learned of her kids’ struggles in foster care and worked hard to get them back.

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