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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paula Merritt Hopewell Fulton County Abuse Cover-up - Macedonia Concerned Parents

It has come to my attention that the Fulton County IST involved in the Hopewell Middle School Abuse and Cover-up of special needs students by teacher Melanie Pickens, Paula Merritt is moving from Mountain Road Elementary School as Asst. Principal to Macedonia Elementary School in Cherokee County GA. I wrote to Dr. P with my concerns in 2011 when she was hired by the district.

Several parents from Macedonia have now contacted me with concerns regarding Paula Merritt’s involvement in the Hopewell scandal and cover-up and are concerned about her being an administrator in their school.   I agree and believe that parents should be concerned, esp. since Asst. Principals are typically over Special Education services.  After what I have read in these reports, everyone should be concerned!

Macedonia Concerned Parents will be meeting at the Woodmont Golf Club dining room ( )  in Cherokee County at 12:30 tomorrow 4/22/15 for lunch and are inviting any other concerned parents or advocates to join them.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Sarah Gallagher .

I know that some parents are writing letters to the Cherokee County School Board.  I’m attaching 2 files regarding one case filed and pending against Paula Merritt.

You can also view previous information, articles, and investigation reports related to this abuse and cover-up on my Blog at:

Gag warning, the abuse is so horrific you may need to prepare yourself before reading.

Please share this information widely with others in GA Schools, esp. Cherokee and Fulton Counties.  We must never forget.

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
1105 Rock Pointe Look
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
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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.