• Family Claims Nut Allergy Gets Kids Kicked out of Van Meter

    The NBC11 website has the complete video from two reports, one aired Friday and the second one yesterday. InsideLG received emails with questions about the NBC news van stationed at Van Meter yesterday morning. And this afternoon, a reader sent us this photo, showing an LGPD officer asking the NBC11 news van to move their vehicle.


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    NBC11 (written by Stephanie Chuang):
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    In a story we first told you on NBC Bay Area last Friday, the tension between one South Bay family and the Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) is coming to a head.

    Tuesday morning, the Edwards family walked 9-year-old Ella and 7-year-old Sarah into the Van Meter Elementary school office – only to be greeted by the superintendent and two police officers.

    “That’s when my heart sank, when I heard there were police officers just to prevent my girls from going to the school they belong in,” said Shuly Edwards, the girls’ mother, before she began to cry.

    Edwards said she, her husband, and three young daughters have lived in a Los Gatos apartment since August 1st, as her sister rents out their Campbell house for her family of five. Edwards added that the family was able to successfully enroll the two girls at Van Meter before the August 20th school start date using PG&E and doctors bills, and that the superintendent only revoked the girls’ enrollment after the family pushed for more help for the nut allergies....

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    Comments 52 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      they also check residency in cupertino. i don't know the specifics of this case but some parents do try to exploit cheap rental propeties to gin up residency in another district

      it does seem somewhat odd that this family has a home in nearby campbell yet has obtained a rental here in LG
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      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      they also check residency in cupertino. i don't know the specifics of this case but some parents do try to exploit cheap rental propeties to gin up residency in another district

      it does seem somewhat odd that this family has a home in nearby campbell yet has obtained a rental here in LG
      after re-reading the nbc11 story: 99% certain they are scammers
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      This story says that the Los Gatos schools have no policy to deal with food allergies? Get on with it and develop one already.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      The same family was asked to leave Mulberry School because of unreasonable allergy complaints (no sushi allowed because of sesame seeds). The mom is a troublemaker and a narcissist. Good riddance.
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      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      The same family was asked to leave Mulberry School because of unreasonable allergy complaints (no sushi allowed because of sesame seeds). The mom is a troublemaker and a narcissist. Good riddance.
      Glad to see that Project Cornerstone ethos being embraced by you and your family, and the LGUSD community.

      One person's "unreasonable allergy complaint" is another's "life saving measure". Shame on her for wanting her kids to live another day!!
    1. Joe Madden's Avatar
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      Based on the information in the news story, Dr Abbati seems justified in excluding these kids. The returned mail, the evidence from the investigation, and their past history all indicate that this family is trying to game the system.

      I just hope that this doesn't result in huge legal costs for LG.

      Good job Diana, for doing your homework before taking action.
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      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Glad to see that Project Cornerstone ethos being embraced by you and your family, and the LGUSD community.

      One person's "unreasonable allergy complaint" is another's "life saving measure". Shame on her for wanting her kids to live another day!!
      Oh please. If we start banning sushi, what's next? No milk because some kid has a milk allergy? No bread because some kids are allergic to gluten. There definitely are "unreasonable allergy complaints", and it has nothing to do with ethos. Quit legitimizing unreasonable behavior by evoking Project Cornerstone. Bad behavior is bad behavior.
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      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Oh please. If we start banning sushi, what's next? No milk because some kid has a milk allergy? No bread because some kids are allergic to gluten. There definitely are "unreasonable allergy complaints", and it has nothing to do with ethos. Quit legitimizing unreasonable behavior by evoking Project Cornerstone. Bad behavior is bad behavior.
      agreed. parents with allergy-prone kids can pack them a safe lunch and ask the teacher to make sure there is no sharing, anything beyond that seems unreasonable.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      The same family was asked to leave Mulberry School because of unreasonable allergy complaints (no sushi allowed because of sesame seeds). The mom is a troublemaker and a narcissist. Good riddance.
      This is gossip, and contributes nothing to the discussion. This is a public school district. "Good riddance"??? What a nasty comment to make, anonymously, about a real family.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      This is gossip, and contributes nothing to the discussion. This is a public school district. "Good riddance"??? What a nasty comment to make, anonymously, about a real family.
      If they are cheating to get into the schools, and taking away from those who are here as per the rules, then yes, good riddnace they are gone.

      Good job by those who followed through in this.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
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      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      If they are cheating to get into the schools, and taking away from those who are here as per the rules, then yes, good riddnace they are gone.

      Good job by those who followed through in this.
      Well said! Good riddance to all scammers.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Shuly Edwards was in a news story before suffering from chronic migraines.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Van Meter has a nut free table to dine at, all teachers and room parents are made aware of children with ANY allergy. This was not about nut allergies. And if you have an unreasonable request, then home schooling is an option. I know the school is accomodating.
    1. Mary B.'s Avatar
      Mary B. -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe Madden View Post
      Based on the information in the news story, Dr Abbati seems justified in excluding these kids. The returned mail, the evidence from the investigation, and their past history all indicate that this family is trying to game the system.

      I just hope that this doesn't result in huge legal costs for LG.

      Good job Diana, for doing your homework before taking action.

      Los Gatos has the residency requirements posted here and it also says they investigate as needed to avoid making a mistake about it: http://www.lgusd.k12.ca.us/registration/residency.php
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hmmmm...hyper vigilant about your children's allergies at school, yet allow them to play freely on a public playground and allow their names, faces and where they go to school be televised all over the bay area...
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      It seems that the question of residency is what needs be resolved. The "nut" story is just noise.
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      Unregistered -
      I have very little confidence in the superintendent, and find it questionable that she abruptly changed her mind to allow the children to attend. However, this report feels manufactured--the mother seems coached and disingenuous in the segment.

      How sad that two precious little girls, who should be learning how to detect and avoid the life-threatening situations that WILL unavoidably be a part of their life, regardless of what elementary school they attend, have been paraded on TV and placed in the center of a community controversy. Questionable judgement by the parents, indeed.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I think we're all developing allergies to "nuts" like Shuly but the district has brought this on themselves for not having an appropriate policy in place which gives this freakshow a degree of credibility they would not otherwise be entitled to. I agree that diana should kick them out but she should also be working on getting the proper written guidelines in place.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Diana would have to stop micromanaging her staff to focus on actually putting the appropriate policies in place. It is just another example of how poorly managed our district is that someone can take a story to this extreme. If the evidence was solid why did the superintendent go back on her original decision and statements to the press???
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Diana would have to stop micromanaging her staff to focus on actually putting the appropriate policies in place. It is just another example of how poorly managed our district is that someone can take a story to this extreme. If the evidence was solid why did the superintendent go back on her original decision and statements to the press???
      Whoever you are, please seek help.
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