Teaching Tip: I'll take 100 hyper-vigilant parents any day, over just one parent who does not care.
Subsequent paragraphs describe what would later seem minor (but cruel) actions and inactions from Mrs. Long. Bryan and Nicola were prescribed glasses, but Mrs. Long wanted us to deal with that “problem” at school and would not work with them to wear their glasses at home. She did not know if the glasses were for near or distance vision, and when they were broken, she replaced them with oversized readers from the non-prescription rack at the local drug store. I admit to giving up on the glasses battle, for both Bryan and Nicola, though now – as a certified teacher of students with visual impairments – I wish I had fought harder for their right to see.
How had I landed this fantastic job with such an outrageously disinterested parent? I will admit to having ups and downs with most all of my students parents over my four years as a teacher, and some parents were a lot of work! Generally, the "squeaky wheels" get the attention, and the quieter parents' students are simply moved along through the system where hopefully a teacher or two takes an interest. Yet, I had never - as a teacher or otherwise - met any parent who, through her inaction, caused as much pain and distress as Ms. Long.
For Bryan, the first observed instance of physical injury (aside from diaper rash and typical bumps and scrapes of any elementary student) occurred in mid-2008.