Dwarfed student says she's afraid to go back to FBISD elementary school

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 9:20 PM

FORT BEND COUNTY – A Fort Bend Independent School District first-grade student is afraid of going back to school.  She has special needs and her mother says administrators did not accommodate those needs.

Although Isabella Lounder is 7-years-old, she needs a stool to use the bathroom and special extenders to turn off lights.  Still, being dwarfed hardly slows her down.  However, Lounder’s mother said that seems to change when her daughter goes to school at Armstrong Elementary.

“Emotionally, (what happened) hurts me,” said Nicole Lounder, Isabella’s mother.  “She shouldn’t have to go through that.”

Lounder’s daughter needs special accommodations and that she made clear to administrators several times, Lounder said.  Instead, Isabella wet her pants several times a week trying to access out-of-reach toilets.  Also, kids trying to pick Isabella up hurt her arms.  Once, she was pushed off a slide, Lounder said. Isabella also detailed other incidents.

“I got locked out of school,” she said.

“It’s not right,” her mom said.  “She shouldn’t have to deal with that on a daily basis-- just using basic functions.”

“We share the parent’s concerns,” said Nancy Porter, the chief communications officer for the Fort Bend ISD.

Privacy laws prevent administrators from discussing details of what happened in the past.  However, Porter said change is under way.

“The district and the campus are aware of the parent’s concerns and we are going to be meeting with the parent prior to the start of the school (year) to address the needs of the student,” Porter said.  “We want our students to feel safe and comfortable coming to school.”

That is all Isabella said she wants.

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