Pre-Trial for Isiah Gathing

Date: 
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

City:

PLEASE ATTEND THE PRE-TRIAL HEARING TO SUPPORT ISIAH AS HIS DISABILITY NEEDS ARE BEING VIOLATED.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS WRONG!

AT LEAST STAND BY HIM IN SOLIDARITY AS THEY SEND HIM DOWN THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE.

Setting aside all differences and coming together as a community is the only pathway to change. Isiah Gathing has ongoing and documented mental health issues that the Kalamazoo Public School System is brutally aware of and have been since they began an IEP in his 3rd grade year. Isiah has behavioral issues associated with obvious trauma (my own observation that could be seen by a blind man) and other diagnosed issues (I honor his HIPPA rights, so I won't talk about diagnoses made by professionals, but FOX17 has recorded it all and I am sure you can apprise yourself with the truth from them). hmmm

When Isiah was mishandled, earlier this year, by an improperly trained teacher (not trauma informed), rather than admitting the shortcomings of the school system, they chose to put the burdens of the systemic structure on the shoulders of a child and I would venture a guess that this isn't the first time. I read the police report provided to me by a Michigan United Organizer and couldn't even find any account taken from Isiah Gathing or the countless other students who witnessed the incident. Isiah's previous attorney, Scott Ryder indicated that there were over 40 witnesses.

Since Isiah's time in the juvenile home, he has been unsuccessful at navigating the ineffective processes of the Kalamazoo County Juvenile System and it has resulted in additional issues. These issues have been reinforced by practices such as video games, which he was rewarded with when expressing resistant behavior. He has openly confirmed his resistant behavior is stemming from hopelessness in knowing they are planning to send him to prison. They also provided these details in court.

The county investment in Isiah's time in the juvenile home has been over $50k and the adults still have not managed to acknowledge or teach him any tools to deal with his trauma. Isiah is a candidate for Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and a variety of other services that are actively being developed at a local higher education institution which serves as proof they are effective or they wouldn't be developing colleges, clinics, and certifications around these practices; yet and still, collaborations have not been formed to assist the children who are later fed to private prison system for financial gain. At the very least, Isiah deserves a chance to open and understand his trauma; something many of us struggle with as adults. He is being expected to open/manage his trauma on his own and to be successful in navigating programs designed for his failure at the age of 16.

DO NOT GIVE UP ON ISIAH, HE IS JUST A CHILD AND HE BELONGS TO GOD; HE DOES NOT BELONG TO A PRIVATE PRISON SYSTEM.

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Location: 
Kalamazoo County Justice Complex 1536 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI

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