Intellectually disabled sex abuse victims are still waiting for justice

Reposted from a story by: Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster  From: The Advertiser  January 08, 2013 10:30PM

Prian Perkins

Brian Perkins, a former bus driver for intellectually disabled Catholic students. Source: The Advertiser

IT took a decade to bring paedophile bus driver Brian Perkins to justice and another 10 years to assess the damage to his intellectually disabled victims.

Yesterday, the Catholic Church – which allowed Perkins to serve as a volunteer – asked that more than $7 million worth of compensation claims be postponed for as long as five years.

The church told the District Court the only way it could gather evidence to counter the claims was to psychologically study the victims over an extended period.

The parents of the victims, who are in their 70s, fear they may die before the claims are resolved – leaving their now-adult children without carers. Between 1987 and 1991, Perkins filmed and sexually assaulted 36 students attending St Ann’s Special School, Marion, where he volunteered as a bus driver and teacher.

He escaped arrest until 2002, was jailed a year later and died in custody.


In 2003, Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson offered “unconditional” payouts of $50,000 or $100,000 to 30 families.

Four sets of parents, however, filed claims of between $1 million and $4 million, saying the school and church failed to protect their children.

The parents want the compensation to guarantee ongoing care for  their children after their deaths.

The Advertiser understands that since Perkins’ arrest the victims have received counselling through Yarrow Place.

That process has been complicated because the victims struggle to communicate verbally. Court papers assert that counsellors believe the victims’ psychological harm was exacerbated because their trauma went untreated for 10 years.

Yesterday, the church said it needed to hire its own experts to assess the victims. It conceded that could take up to five years, and suggested the case be postponed until it had been done.

Lawyers for the parents objected, saying it would cause the lawsuits to drag on indefinitely.

They said the church had already demanded the release of their clients’ medical records, causing delays. They asked the court to instead appoint a judge to oversee the claims.

That judge, they said, should act as a mediator and steer the claims towards resolution.

The case was adjourned until April

Emergency list for the disabled incase hurricane sandy hits *please printout and use as a check list*

When there are emergency services banging on your door at three in the morning yelling “you have to leave” most grab their wallet their purse and pull on clothes and go, not so If you’re disabled.

If you’re disable otherwise abled or just no longer able to care for yourself, or in a wheelchair for any reason you have to plan ahead.

1/ have an emergency person who has promised to call and come round if phones are down, or tell emergency services you need help if they do not hear from you by a certain time.

2/ Make sure you have spares for your chair and a repair kit, you never know when you’ll be allowed back home. I.E. spare tubes, tires, tools to change a flat and a hand pump and also a box of garbage bags so you can cover your upholstery if you have to go out in the weather.

3/ Until the emergency passes keep all your meds and refills and a list of doctors names  addresses , numbers and email addresses in your hand bag. If like me your life is on your laptop every night until the all clear is called pack it in a bag inside two plastic bags, and put all your credit cards and money and purses and important documents in a bag.

4/ If you have a medic alert bracelet or necklace wear it! If you don’t have one write your diagnosis on a card and put it in a plastic holder like the MTA cards go in and attach it to a key ribbon you can wear, and  include anything you’re allergic to.

5/Tell neighbors on your floor you’re home alone, and ask they check on you.

6/ If the storm does hit tape paper to your door, and write in large letters” IN CASE OF EVACUATION A  DSABLED PERSON  LIVES HERE  if you’re deaf or blind include that on the sign.

7/ If you have pets make sure you have a carrier, MOST important if you have a service dog  make sure when you go to bed each night you leave him in his vest and leash ready to go and include some baggies and small containers of food for him.

8/ Put a box in an open place where you could find it in the dark fill it with candles, matches ,batteries  place bottled water next to it and any bandages and first aid kits place them in the middle of the dining room table. Also things like can openers pens and  paper a torch with extra batteries and your wet weather gear and a change of clothes and socks all in the one place and a list of every relative and friends number.

Most Of all even if you’re like me and won’t let anyone touch your chair or push or help, please get over it you must be compliant these people are busy and you’re not the only rescue they’ll be handling time is of the essence.

LASTLY in case you live in a secluded area where help might not be coming, map out your escape route or find a safe place in your house and if it’s somewhere not obvious again stick a note on your door.

If you can’t get out but you need to, email me at  if you can still go online go to my blog  for a list of emergency contact information in your area.

                                            Please print this out and use it as a check sheet

Randy Duke, Dad, Protests After Son Is Punished For Defending Special Needs Student

 Reposted from a story Posted in the huffington post  10/10/2012 11:22 am EDT Updated: 10/10/2012 11:58 am EDT

When my son started to be understand what i was teaching him, yes I tought him  fighting was wrong but I also taught him that decent people stand up for those who can’t stamd up for themselves.

Three years this mongrel(look up an australian dictionary) picked on a special needs child, and the teacher didnt stop him from picking on on the physically and intellectually disabled. A decent boy obviously raised with ethics and morals and great sense of right and wrong was forced by institutionally approved apathy to take the teachers role and stand up for the disabled child and stomp out bullying. I say bravo I say clone this kid and get his parents on a speaking circuit to show bad parents how to stop phoning in their responsibilities.

To punish this child is wrong, a sharp talk that violence is always wrong was warranted, laced with “I can understand you felt the nee need to help and we are sorry you felt like noone else cared the teacher should have but again violence is wrong” and then you send him back to class the teacher you kick up the ass all the way to the unemployment line.

Dad: Bullied son punished for defending special needs classmate

A father is on a mission as he stands outside his son’s school sandwiched between two signs that read: Bullying Victims are Punished Here. Bullying is undoubtedly one of the largest issues kids face today and parents and schools have taken action to stop it. One Texas dad has chosen to stand up to bullying quite literally — he spends a few hours each day outside his son’s middle school wearing a sign that reads “BULLYING VICTIMS ARE PUNISHED HERE.”

Randy Duke, whose “day job” is training police officers in Afghanistan, told KHOU that his 14-year-old son, Max, has been bullied by a classmate for several years and that last week, Max reached his breaking point. The boy told his father, who is only home from abroad briefly, that he made a paper airplane for a special needs student and a bully stomped on it. “So Max just looked up and said, ‘What the hell?’ and this guy shoved him. Max had had enough. And that just snapped him, and he shoved back and they started into it,” Randy told KHOU.

Max was suspended for two days and will have to spend 30 days at another school. According to, he won’t be allowed to march with the high school band at a football game which would have been a “rare honor.”

In addition to public protesting, Duke is filing an appeal, Click2Houston reports.

Other parents agree that Max’s punishment was too harsh.”Here you’ve got a child that retaliated for being picked on for three years and he’s being punished. It should have been stopped three years ago,” another father, who didn’t want to be identified, told KHOU.

Diane Boyett, a district spokesperson, said in a press statement that, “if a parent feels their child is a victim of bullying, a report needs to be made.” In this instance, Randy Duke said that he had reported the bullying.

Surrey teen with cerebral palsy is fed up with bus drivers who pass him by


 Reposted from a story forwarded by paul caune of british columbias civil rights now written By Tom Zytaruk, Surrey Now October 5, 2012
Brenden Parker (foreground) waits for the bus with his education assistant Terry England (left) and teacher Sheri Montgomery. Parker says some buses have driven by without stopping for him because of the time required to load and unload his wheelchair.

Brenden Parker (foreground) waits for the bus with his education assistant Terry England (left) and teacher Sheri Montgomery. Parker says some buses have driven by without stopping for him because of the time required to load and unload his wheelchair.

Photograph by: JACOB ZINN , Surrey NOW

Brenden Parker expects better from his bus drivers.

Instead of picking him up at the bus stop, like they’re supposed to do, some Coast Mountain drivers on the C70 route have been blowing right on by Parker, making him late for work and feeling pretty crappy to boot.

Parker is a Grade 12 student at Clayton Heights Secondary school. He has cerebral palsy, and gets around in a motorized wheelchair.

Twice within the past two weeks, bus drivers have left him in the dust at the bus stop on 188th Street in front of his school, and he wants to know why.

“I feel mad,” he says.

Recently, he missed a work experience opportunity at Willowbrook shopping mall because he wasn’t picked up. He said he, his teacher and education assistant later confronted the driver on his return trip past the school.

“He had all sorts of excuses,” Parker said, “including that he did not see us. It begs the question how a person whose job it is to pick people up, cannot see a full-grown man, a person in a wheelchair and my fellow student standing right in front of the bus stop bench.

“How many times has this sort of thing happened to other physically disabled people in my situation? I am angry and looking for some answers.”

TransLink spokesman Derek Zabel said TransLink is investigating the complaints.

“We take these matters very seriously,” he said. “We’re in the people business.

“Our operators are expected to be professional and do as they were trained at all times,” Zabel added.

Parker’s education assistant, Terry England, stands six feet three inches tall.

“He knew we were there,” he said of the driver.

England said one of the drivers actually picked a woman up at the stop and took off, leaving himself and Parker dumbfounded.

“He closes the doors and takes off,” he said. “We’re both looking shocked.”

Parker’s mom, Sandra Parker, said a similar thing happened to her son along another bus route in North Surrey in August.

“He’s frustrated. We’re very frustrated,” she said. “These bus drivers are able to get away with it, I guess.”

To be fair, some C70 bus drivers are picking up students with disabilities. The Now watched one driver stop, lower her ramp and help Parker aboard her bus on Friday morning.

A few minutes later, another driver heading the opposite way also helped a student with a disability board her bus.

Sheri Montgomery, Parker’s teacher, is proud of him for sticking up for himself.

“They’re denying students with disabilities the right to access their community,” she said of bus drivers who aren’t picking them up. “It’s disheartening. This isn’t isolated.”

“Two in two weeks and how many last year where we just didn’t have the effort.”

Montgomery said she’s heard some drivers let the air out of their equipment so that when they stop, their ramp won’t go down.

Added England, “We’ve had drivers say they don’t even know how to do it. They avoid it.”

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found online 20 Creative Costume Ideas For People In Wheelchairs

I’ll bet these guys came home with buckets of candy.

 1. Ice cream truck driver

Ice cream truck driver  

2. Darth Vader in a Tie Fighter

Darth Vader in a Tie Fighter 

3. Pee Wee Herman

4. The Flintstones

The Flintstones   

5. Viking Ship

Viking Ship 

6. Mario Kart

Mario Kart 

7. Bee Hive

Bee Hive 

8. A rabbit coming out of a hat

A rabbit coming out of a hat 

9. Wall-E


10. Race car driver

Race car driver 

11. Medieval horse and rider

Medieval horse and rider 

12. Bulldozer

Bulldozer13. DJ

14. Batman riding the Batmobile

Batman riding the Batmobile 

15. Chef


16. Snoopy


17. Box of kittens

Box of kittens 

18. Hockey Goalie

Hockey Goalie 

19. Firetruck


20. World of Warcraft shaman riding a turtle mount

World of Warcraft shaman riding a turtle mount 

BONUS: This train costume for differently-abled pups

BONUS: This train costume for differently-abled pups

Wheelchair bus battle mum says pushchairs must move

A FRUSTRATED mother says she struggles to get her disabled daughter to school – because she cannot find a space for her wheelchair on a bus.
Each morning, Nicola Windsor says she has to try three or four buses to secure a space for Alannamae, 6, who suffers from spina bifida.
Nicola, 26, of west Hull, says the space left for wheelchairs is usually occupied by prams, which parents and drivers refuse to move.
She said: “The sign on the buses clearly say that wheelchairs have priority over prams and pushchairs.
“One day, about three weeks ago, I went to get on a bus and there was a pushchair in the space at the front for wheelchairs.
“The kid must have been about three and could have easily stood up while the mum collapsed the pushchair.
“I asked her if it was possible for her to move it and she refused, then started swearing at me. The drivers should insist they move the pushchairs, but they don’t.”
Nicola seeks to catch a Stagecoach bus from Beverley Road.
She needs it to take her two daughters Alannamae and Reanna Ali, 5, to Newland St John’s Primary School in Beresford Avenue, north Hull.
But she says on many occasions she either has to arrive at the stop at 6.40am, or risk her children being late for school.
She said: “I’ve sent letters to Stagecoach and even called into their reception, but I’ve never had a response.
“Every time I follow it up, they say they haven’t received anything.
“I don’t know what else to do now.
“Something needs to be done.
“What is the point of having the sign giving priority to wheelchairs if everyone ignores it?
“I’m worried the situation is only going to get worse in winter.”
Stagecoach said there was no record of Nicola’s complaints.
A spokesman said: “We are concerned to hear of the problems that Ms Windsor has experienced when trying to use our services with her daughter.
“Most of our buses that operate in Hull have a dedicated space for a wheelchair-user to travel in.
“If a wheelchair-user wishes to board one of our services and the dedicated space is occupied by non-wheelchair users, we would expect our drivers to politely ask those individuals to relocate to another part of the bus.
“We have checked our records and it would appear that Ms Windsor has not contacted us directly to report the matter.
“We would welcome Ms Windsor getting in touch, so that we can investigate her complaint more thoroughly, once we have the specific details of the services she has tried to catch.”

You worry the economy has hit a wall I worry about the school bus doing it lately, who’s driving your child and should they be?

I am an expat Aussie who started her school as a 4 year old in the Clare valley of South Australia, a little community that divides the plush green of the world famous wine district the Barossa valley from the arid dry mid north flinders ranges of South Australia’s outback. I am used to school busses we used to live on a sheep property called ANAMA  it was a merino stud our family owns large tracts of cattle country further in the outback but when I started school we were staying with my grandparents for a while and Anama was about 20,000 acres and it was almost a half mile from grans house to the front gate on the highway 1 from Clare to port Augusta every day the school bus driver would pick us up he was serious he was sober and he took driving very seriously as far as I know during this time in the early 1960’s till today have never ever had an accident involving the school bus even though the highway that is part of the route is the direct route from both Perth and Darwin and carries more tractor trailers per day than anywhere else in the country. Now fast forward to 2012 New York city there has not been a month in the last 12 where a school bus and many of them carrying special needs children has not flipped upside down crashed into a wall or gone through a house and more than one of the drivers including yesterdays were under the influence of both drugs and alcohol and one was even a wanted criminal driving on a suspended license using a false name.

Who’s driving your children? Should you have the right to know their id so you can do a back ground check? You check the back ground of baby sitters, you Google sports coaches and doctors you interview teachers at potential schools but who’s behind the wheel as your special needs baby’s wheelchair is loaded onto a bus or your baby walks up the stairs?

In some countries drivers are breath tested before every shift, I know this sounds radical but if it was me I would own a home alcohol breath testing kit and would ask the driver to blow. Of course the shit would hit the fan and the driver would refuse  but something has to change yesterday a small yellow bus with 5 children became air born and landed through the lounge room wall of a house all 5 children went to hospital none serious thank goodness but the driver today has been charged with DUI . Below is his story and several others from just this year.

reposted from a story on ABC7 via Long Island News


Driver in Syosset mini-bus crash charged with DWI

Updated at 11:30 AM today

  Eyewitness News

SYOSSET, New York (WABC) — The mini-school bus driver who crashed into a home on Long Island Wednesday has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

The bus, coming from St. Edwards the Confessor School, crashed into the house Jackson Avenue in Syosset just after 3 p.m.

Police say 66-year-old Frederick Flowers is now charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law.  He was also charged with driving while intoxicated while operating a school bus with student passengers, second-degree reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated.

The Massapequa Park resident is still being treated at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow for non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators determined Flowers was drunk following the crash. None of the five students on the bus was injured, and nobody was home at the time of the accident.

  • As of 12pm thursday 10/4/2012 the 66 year old driver  frederick Flowers has been charged with 5 counts of felony dui under leanders law( leanders law is a law that makes it a felony to drive under the infleunce with a child in the vehicle) and 5 counts of felony endangering the welfare of a child

The bus company, First Student, told Eyewitness News that Flowers has been one of their drivers since March of 2009, has a clean driving record and passed all pre-employment screenings, which include drug and alcohol testing, as well as a complete background check.

“We conduct random drug and alcohol screenings, as well as DMV checks, throughout each driver’s tenure,” Director of Media Relations Maureen Richmond said in an email. “We are conducting a full internal investigation and assisting authorities with theirs. The driver is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. The safety and security of our students is our core value, and a responsibility we take very seriously.”



 School bus accident in Brooklyn
Posted: May 31, 2012 8:52 AM EDT Updated: Jun 07, 2012 8:52 AM EDT

By KATHY CARVAJAL, Web Producer –

 More than a dozen handicapped people were aboard a school bus that struck a fire hydrant in Brooklyn Thursday morning, according to police.

Seven passengers who are mentally challenged were taken to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries, according to FDNY/EMS officials.

The bus struck the hydrant near Bergen St. and New York Ave. in Crown Heights just before 8 a.m.

Aerial footage from SkyFOXHD showed several firefighters on the ground trying to get beneath the rear of the bus.

It is not clear why the bus struck the hydrant.

Makes you think doesn’t it will you be smiling tomorrow morning as you put your kids on the bus or will you be getting close enough to smell if they have alcohol on their breath?