One Day Her Son Came Home With Dislocated Knees And A Broken Thumb…
Breggett Rideau’s motherly instincts kicked in the day that she received her son from school with a “knot on [his] head, then he had two dislocated knees and then got a broken thumb.”
Rideau pulled her son out of the school and demanded a throughout investigation.
A few years later the investigation revealed something really dark.
Rideau met one-on-one with the school’s attorney to be given new information on the matter.
“That’s how I found out that my son was the one who was kicked across a classroom by his teacher, yelled at to ‘shut up’ and slammed against a wall.
What’s more disturbing is the man that hurt my son had been in our home, to his BIRTHDAY party. All of this had been reported by a teachers’ aide, but no one ever called me. That’s when I said, ‘I’m going to court and we’re getting cameras in these classrooms.'”
A legal battle ensued.
Rideau gave her testimony to the court. It was “painful” as she relived every time her son was abused.
She wrote many petitions and even harassed lawmakers so that they could pass a law to require special needs classrooms to have video cameras to prevent such a thing from happening to any other kids.
Being a Democrat, it was a surprise when then-Senator Dan Patrick, a Republican, became her son’s advocate.
“Texas has legislative sessions every two years. In 2013 I testified and Sen. Patrick wrote a camera bill. I had harassed Gov. Rick Perry, too. I put some musicians on a bus and two other families like mine, picketed in front of capital for this bill to become a law.
I was so hurt when the bill failed, but Mr. Patrick made me a promise. He’s a Republican and I’m a Democrat, but he promised me he’d get the bill passed and he kept his word. He saved my life and saved my family.”
It nearly ruined her financially, but Rideau finally got what she had been fighting for last June, when Senate Bill 507 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
According to teachthevote.org, the new law requires of all Texas school districts:
Audio/video monitoring equipment in any self-contained classroom in which special education services are being provided to at least 50 percent of the students for at least 50 percent of the school day. The requirement is triggered in the event that a parent, school board member, or staff member on the campus requests that audio/video monitoring equipment be installed. The bill also requires school districts to store the audio and video recordings for not less than six months and to release the footage to persons specified by the bill.
Additionally, the bill specifies that districts may accept donations and grant money to fund the purchase of equipment and that the commissioner of education shall provide a grant program in the event that excess Foundation School Program funds are available from the state.
“That man has a good heart — I don’t know it because I heard it, I know it because I talked to him to his face and he made me a promise. And that promise, that’s decency right there.
Everyone came together to make this law possible — Republicans and Democrats worked together, that’s what America is all about. I’m so desperate for my country, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be people coming together for the common good.”
She just received a letter in the mail from the school that her son attended, saying that they are putting cameras in classrooms this year.
Rideau recalls begging God to help her:
“I never prayed so much in my life. They’re [children] the most vulnerable citizens of the U.S. — they might not be able to vote in elections, but they have the right to be safe from harm at school. For the love of God.
That school let me fight all those years and they knew that man hurt my son. That’s heartbreaking.”
According to her, her son Terrance is doing really well. He still likes to smile, watch sports and loves to hug people. Her son’s brain was damaged from a ‘bad vaccine’ when he was just 4 months old. Terrance developed dystonia, which is “involuntary muscle contractions that cause repetitive or twisting movements,” as a result of the trauma he endured in the classroom.