Our 10 year old has been a type 1 diabetic since he was a little over a year old. We’ve had minimal issues with him over the years other than the occasional rough time handling his sugar when he’s gotten sick with a cold or fever. The last 2 -3 years have been a little rough at his elementary school and it’s been feeling like their ill equipped to handle a student with diabetes. We’ve been told on several occasions that despite his “condition” he needs to learn to control his behavior. His grades are great but there have been incidents of bullying, i.e. being told by another student that people with diabetes die. They have a see something, say something system in place so there have been times where they’ll say our son did something or said something inappropriate but once investigated they find it’s not true. When he gets blamed for things he gets agitated but when he actually did something bad he’ll say “well, if no one saw it or I don’t remember that, so it didn’t happen”, then we know he did but it’s been usually when his sugar level is low or high.
It’s as if they just don’t want to deal with it. Things really haven’t escalated but it’s tiring to get phone calls or messages from the teachers, usually the same one of the two, to complain about something. We’ve been told to see a therapist and told that even because of the diabetes there is no excuse for acting out at all. I’ve had to explain to many teachers and faculty that when the sugar is low or high it may cause him to act different in which case the school nurse has to get involved and check him. Has anyone else had similar situations? How have you remedied the situation(s)? Are there any schools more patient or trained to handle kids with diabetes or any other condition?