Carol Sadler
Special Education Consultant/Advocate
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188

I am a lay Parent Advocate assisting parents of children with disabilities in school IDEA, 504 and SST meetings. I am a former CHADD and LDA Coordinator, graduate of the 1st GA Advocacy Office PLSP legal training course and most importantly parent of two children with various disabilities.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jake Marshall Civil Court Case - More on the Fulton School System & Pickens Abuse

Below (click on the link Final Order and Judgment) is the final decision in the Jake Marshall/Melanie Pickens VS National Casualty Company civil court case.


Melanie Pickens, while employed by the Fulton County School District, was a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators ("PAGE"). Through her PAGE membership, Pickens had insurance coverage through Plaintiff (National Casualty Company. It is her policy with Plaintiff that was at issue in this case.


National Casualty Company sued Pickens and Jake Marshall to try to prove that her abuse of Jake Marshall was not covered under her policy with PAGE, therefore NCC would not be liable for any lawsuit brought by Jake Marshall (this would have then impacted the other children in Hopewell/Pickens class).


Chris Vance, Jake’s attorney, argued that while Melanie Pickens abused Jake Marshall, it was still Corporal Punishment.  Corporal Punishment was covered under the PAGE policy.  They won.


This is a big win for Jake and the other children abused by Melanie Pickens in the Fulton County Hopewell Middle School.


Here is previous links to the Pickens Abuse Cases.  You can read the Fulton County Investigation Report and GA Professional Standards Report: (Gag warning, the abuse was horrific.  30 educators knew and did not report.  It was a huge cover-up in Fulton County Schools.)


Please distribute to others.  We must never forget to keep this from happening again!


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Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
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Woodstock, GA 30188

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET = GetNoEducation/Therapy = PsychoNOed = Jail without Jury or Trial = Imprisonment without Legal Representation


Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.


From Chris Vance – Attorney for Jake Marshall

Please distribute widely.

We must do everything possible to prevent this ever happening again.

 Five years, three schools, at least 30 educators ….


P.S.  The attached decision did not delve into AT ALL the abuse of other children or the sexual abuse.  It was only the horrific abuse of Jake at one school.


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