Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Desperate Peril - And a Teacher Who Saved Her

1327 stars
Torey L. Hayden
Title Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Desperate Peril - And a Teacher Who Saved Her
Rating 1327 stars
Author Torey L. Hayden
Pages 416
Isbn NA
Review

DNF

*spoiler alert for the first half of the book*


This is the second book that I've read by Torey Hayden, and I think it will be the last.

It's well written and easy to read, as far as the writing style goes, but that's the only good thing I have to say.

As for the story itself, I don't believe a word of it.

Jadie, the central character in this story, suffers from selective mutism, but only at school. For years, teachers and the school psychologist have been trying to get her to speak, with no success. Torey Hayden, the new teacher at the school, and in charge of the small class of special needs children, has her speaking before the end of her first day. Really?

Reuben, a nine year old boy suffering from autism, went to use the toilet. Some little time later Reuben was heard crying, and when the toilet door was unlocked Jadie was sitting on the toilet, her dress hiked up around her waist and her underpants around her ankles. Reuben, standing in front of her, his overalls down, was howling pathetically as Jadie clutched his penis.

Jadie ran off, and when Rueuben finally removed his own hand from his penis, it was red and swollen, with human teeth marks.

Soooo...Torey explained and apologized to Rueben's nanny, who'd come to pick him up after school.

Turning a whimpering Reuben over to his nanny, I explained briefly what had happened and apologized profusely. His parents could phone me, I said, if they wished to discuss the matter further, and I gave my home telephone number.

She didn't see the need to speak to the parents herself? And the parents didn't contact her, or the Headmaster? Their autistic son is upset, with bite marks on his penis, and they say nothing?

There is another incident involving Jadie, Jeremiah and a male puppy, which I won't relate here. Suffice it to say that I'm extremely broad minded and nothing much shocks me. But this did. I was also dumbfounded. Torey spoke briefly with Jadie about the incident, and then related what happened to the school psychologist. They suspect sexual abuse but decided they needed concrete evidence, so they did nothing. Again, really? Two similar incidents, one involving a male puppy, where Jadie is overheard telling Jeremiah that she knows how to suck milk out of a penis, and the school psychologist doesn't even speak with Jadie?

Jeremiah, an eight year old boy of Sioux heritage, is quite a handful. He's often aggressive and constantly uses foul language, including the f* word, not only at the other students, but also the teaching staff. No attempt is ever made to correct this. In fact, no one even blinks an eye, even when he's trying to teach Rueben to say f***.

Jeremiah doesn't have learning disabilities. His pugnacious behavior was so extreme, his mouth so foul that the parents in his previous school had banded together to keep him from returning, even with resource help. So he'd ended up here in a last-ditch attempt to save him from custodial detention. So they place him in a special needs class where he's allowed to swear and behave a badly as he likes?

At about half way, Jeremiah used the word nigger. Phillip, a black boy in the class, who was born drug addicted and is in foster care, comes to school with a Christmas snow globe that his birth mother sent him. Jeremiah states that his is better because it came from Disneyland and not no nigger dimestore.

And that, folks, was the end for me!




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Ashley wrote: Ruth wrote: Ashley wrote: I think many of us do forget, that a few decades ago, there was little help and support or incidents taken seriously. Even if reported further, nothing would happen. And...

And, a lot of this review echoes your own opinion about how a child should be treated/disciplined in a classroom, and then knocking the Authors(who will most likely have far more experience and success than you). And you didn't expect me to take this personally? Really?

And my suggestion to you to read the book and post your own review was just that, a suggestion, because I couldn't find your review so I thought you hadn't read it.


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