Father Suspicious of School Care

A father has lingering suspicions a year after his daughter was seriously hurt. He thinks it happened while she was at school and under teacher supervision.

Keith Gerlock's daughter Makayla is a little girl who must be handled with care. She can't speak because of her extreme cerebral palsy. The condition confines her to a wheelchair and her bones are paper thin, according to her dad.

"Just moving her can break her leg," said Gerlock.

She was a student at South Park Elementary in Pueblo. She attended a special needs program. Keith said things went wrong in May of 2010.

"I lifted her pant leg off. Her leg was broken," said Keith.

She reportedly had a serious break in her femur. Keith believes it must have happened sometime after he dropped Makayla off, but he says the substitute teacher and assistant, told him nothing.

Keith said he wasn't getting answers from the school, so he went to police and filed a report. Officers began looking into the matter. Teachers were interviewed and so was Keith. The district attorney's office later decided there was no grounds to move forward with a criminal case.

"We feel the issue is closed," said D-60 spokesperson Greg Sinn. "It's an unfortunate situation and we feel sorry for the family but we feel the district has done everything it could have done to help the situation."

Sinn says based on the results of an internal investigation and the conclusion by police, the district stands behind the staff the supervised Makayla the day her leg was broken.

Keith says he isn't so sure and thinks he may never know what really happened to Makayla. He has tried to sue District 60 but hasn't found an attorney willing to take his case. He says he has until May of 2012 to file a civil suit.

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  • by Tough Spot Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM
    I feel for Makayla's family. I am guessing they never would have put Makayla in a Pueblo City School with the kind of health issues she has unless there was no other choice. If a childs bones are that brittle she should be at home with a family member...but sometimes that is just not a choice. We as a family, have completely changed our way of living, and put our children first after we had a life changing health scare with one of them TEN years ago. We do not cottle them, we just make sure they are safe to the best of our ability. Very sad story.
  • by Keith Location: Pueblo on Jul 13, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    Pueblo City Schools have done nothing to bring conclusion to this incident at her school. All they have done is ignore that it has even happened by not even filling out an incident report (according to the school district) that day and they have swept it under the carpet and pretend it never happened!!! The new superintendent has not even contacted me to work though this, she is ignoring this as much as the rest of the school district staff and teacher are. It makes me wonder has her parent if this school distrct even cares about my daughter as a student of the distrct, or any other student in this school district. Sincerely, Makayla's Dad
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