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When Camden Davis’ behavior started to change for the worst, his mother didn’t know what to do. She tried talking to his school to see if they knew what could be the cause, but her concerns fell on deaf ears. That’s when she decided to take matters into her own hands — and what she discovered was nothing less than shocking.
Milissa Davis is a married mother of two boys who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She works with mini horses as therapy animals, and she loves her job. But what keeps her the most occupied is her 12-year-old son Camden, who has special needs. She is fiercely protective of him, so when he started showing signs of distress, she knew she had to act.
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After Camden was accepted to Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy, Milissa felt extremely lucky. The school prides itself in promoting “inclusion, encouragement, positive relationships and recognition of student accomplishment.” She hoped the school could give him the supportive environment he needed to thrive academically. But soon she would find out it was the complete opposite.
A few months into the school year, Milissa began noticing stark changes in Camden’s behavior. He became more aggressive, his anxiety increased, and he even started wetting the bed — something he hadn’t done since he was 3 years old. But when she asked him what was wrong, he couldn’t verbalize it. Still, she wasn’t about to let it go.
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Thinking Camden’s new school environment might have something to do with his behavioral change, Milissa went to Hope Academy to talk about her son’s situation. She tried to speak to the principal and school officials about where Camden was seated in the classroom, among other things. But the school wasn’t cooperative at all. So Milissa decided to take matters into her own hands.
Milissa bought a tape recorder and put it in Camden’s backpack one day before school. She hoped that the device would record anything that was happening at the school that was out of the ordinary. She knew it was an extreme measure, but given that her concerns had fallen on deaf ears at the school, she felt she had no choice. When Camden came back from school, Milissa couldn’t wait to hear what was on the tape.