• The school witnesses Jerry crying at school on multiple occasions.

  • The school is made aware that Jerry has been admitted to the Albany Medical Center emergency room and the Capital District Psychiatric Center as a result of an emerging mental health disorder.

  • The school is made aware that Jerry is under a doctor’s care.

    • The school is in consultation with Jerry’s private therapist.

  • The school is made aware that Jerry is on anti-depressants and a mood stabilizer.

  • The school is made aware that family members suffer from bipolar disorder.

  • The school is made aware of the role wrestling plays in Jerry’s life.

    • The school expressed concern with how Jerry may react if he does not fare well in the upcoming season.

  • In a recorded Superintendent hearing Jerry advises the superintendent that he does not care if he lives or dies.

  • The schools response to Jerry’s problematic behavior is to suspend him from school for 5 weeks and remove him from the wrestling team.

  • The school is made aware that the family believes this response will have disastrous effects.

  • The school is made aware that within one week of this decision Jerry is again admitted to the Albany Medical Center emergency room and the Capital District Psychiatric Center as a result of an emerging mental health disorder.

  • The school is advised that the Clark family believes the matter is being addressed so irresponsibly that legal action against the school and Superintendent Snyder will follow if Jerry dies as a result of their neglect.

  • During his suspension Jerry receives independent tutoring, provided by the school, and the school acknowledges that he performed well academically.

  • Upon Jerry’s return to school following his suspension he is required to sign a behavior contract specific to the areas in which he is challenged.

  • The school cites Jerry for violating the behavior contract on at least each of the first two days after returning to school.

  • The school subjects Jerry to a variety of punishments such as detention and in school suspension.

  • The school expresses the possibility of expelling Jerry.

  • The school is asked about the possibility of home tutoring in lieu of mainstreaming, thus replicating the experience he benefited from during the suspension.

    • The school states they will review the matter.

  • The school is repeatedly advised they have misdiagnosed Jerry’s problem.

  • The school continues to punish Jerry for behavior issues such as attendance and texting.

  • The school establishes a policy that if Jerry demonstrates a need for sleep, it will treated as a potential substance abuse situation.

  • The school appears to arbitrarily elect to make academic success more difficult for Jerry by requiring the completion of certain tasks that he cannot complete without appropriate support.

  • Throughout this process the school is advised of Jerry’s worsening condition and effects their action have had on him.

  • The school is advised and acknowledges that Jerry is being taunted at school regarding his mental health condition.

  • The school is repeatedly asked about the possibility of home tutoring in lieu of mainstreaming in an attempt to replicate the experiences he benefited from during the suspension.

    • The school continues to state that they are reviewing the matter.

  • The school is ultimately advised that Jerry will not be returning to school.

  • Following Jerry’s de-registration the school advises that home tutoring can be made available based on a doctor’s note.

    • For many months Jerry had been seeing a doctor 1-2 times a week.

  • Following Jerry’s death Superintendent Snyder stated that they knew he was a child at risk, but that he had broken the rules.

  • In response to a recent freedom of information request the school was unable to provide any documentation relating Jerry’s condition, other than the disciplinary actions.

Apparently, the actions taken in response to Jerry’s illness are not illegal; however, we believe they are inconsistent with the moral and ethical code of our society. Jerry’s Law seeks to address this discrepancy.