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The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


History of Sex Abuse in Berkeley County

Sunday, February 24, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
History of Sex Abuse in Berkeley County

In 2018, at Spring Mills High School, Shepherd University student teacher Rachel Grizzle was accused of having inappropriate relations with a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old student of Spring Mills High School, where she was a student teacher. She was charged with third-degree sexual assault, soliciting a minor via computer, two counts of use of obscene matter and exhibiting material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. At the time of the charges. Grizzle was student ..

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The Good ‘Ole Boys of West Virginia

Saturday, February 23, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Good ‘Ole Boys of West Virginia

Berkeley County has the makings of a scandalous novel- filled with lies, affairs, nepotism and coverup, but it’s not a made-up story. In September of 2018, Eagle School teacher aide Alexandria Callie Tost, the daughter of Michelle Tost (Assistant Director of Special Education in Berkeley County) was arrested for drug use and admitted to snorting heroine in the student bathroom. The charges against Michelle Tost’s daughter were dropped. In November of 2018, Michelle Tost was re ..

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And Then There Was One

Friday, February 22, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
And Then There Was One

Yael And then, there was one. One child, one family, left amongst the rubble called the special education classroom at Berkeley Heights Elementary in Martinsburg, West Virginia. I knew there were four children, but I had not heard his story. Until today. His name is Yael. He’s just five years old and has autism and epilepsy and, like his classmates, he’s non-verbal. Always a happy child, lover of music, and marked by bright smiles, at least until he began ..

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Letter from Berkeley County Schools

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Letter from Berkeley County Schools

Since I have been banned from tagging or commenting on Berkeley County School’s Facebook page, I’ll just leave this mess of nothin’ right here. February 21, 2019 Parents and concerned citizens, We appreciate and share our community's concerns regarding the incident reported in one of our schools. The Berkeley County Board of Education and its administration do not tolerate any action or inaction that may negatively impact the health, welfare or safety of our students.  ..

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Dear Mr. Governor,

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear Mr. Governor,

My name is Emma Rader and your name is Governor Jim Justice (https://www.facebook.com/WVGovernor/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARCzK88k54F3ysk_gqJNLzcL4wcPAOQPCPXXUl46XWzR27dsq6IjdKo79Mq8LjP6fPl_Ui3Uz8W6kGBQ&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDcyTURtghFTwVtIitGnCS80B0w4ZiExLxQuQDdQeUAdWUbx62Eo4iRyqpmFkG8kWCn_cuRGD_q5rvT1-g1q2iruczC03nKStzHagSZOwf7M4I3zJOxdgQFRMj99QLNKkBluUVFuba82bXsfCvWNbA-QIiqzy18J9chwGNhzmVEeK0_x7w59WRICHn_0ekD2jWb4xjsf3suqFVKjLu0t0EY4RttekAyUml1gypLW1TkrYn7xV0zWyYCfhLdQ ..

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I Had To Find Out My Son Was Being Abused From Facebook

Saturday, February 16, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
I Had To Find Out My Son Was Being Abused From Facebook

I Had To Find Out My Son Was Being Abused From Facebook My Name Is Kasey Murphy and I am from Berkeley County, West Virginia. My son Owen is seven years old. When he was 8 months old, he was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease and last summer, diagnosed with autism. As a parent you always hope for a healthy child, but like many parents, I have been blessed with a very special child who has special needs. All parents celebrate milestones and for me, it was when Owen’s doctors t ..

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Dear West Virginia State Superintendent,

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear West Virginia State Superintendent,

I know you have heard about Berkeley Heights Elementary, but I have talked to the mamas. On October 4th, Amber Pack, placed a recording device in her special need’s child’s hair and sent her to school. That night, she heard, “I ought to backhand you right in the teeth,” Ms. Yurish scream at her child. On October 5th, Amber’s husband contacted police who met with the principal of Berkeley Heights Elementary in Martinsburg, West Virginia. By October 11th, Principal Amber  ..

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Timeline of Evil

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Timeline of Evil

Timeline of Evil at Berkeley Heights Elementary Martinsburg, West Virginia October 4: A child’s mother put a hidden recorder in her hair when her non-verbal daughter began acting not like herself. Recording shared three teachers torturing children with special needs- teachers Christina Lester, June Yurish, and Kristin Douty. I listened to the recording provided by Owen’s mother. Miss Lester comments: Owen, are you gonna jerk off in the chair? Adriana, gonna vomit on m ..

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A Letter to the West Virginia Department of Education

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Letter to the West Virginia Department of Education

My name is Owen. I am 7 years old and a first grader at Berkeley Heights Elementary School in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Well, I was, but now I’m at a new school. I was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease as a baby and I also have non-verbal autism. I’ve been in the same classroom with kids with like me for two years. I had three teachers: Christina Lester, June Yurish and Kristin Douty. My mom liked that they were always hugging and loving on me. It was a big fa ..

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When a School Fails Children with Special Needs

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
When a School Fails Children with Special Needs

Martinsburg, West Virginia is home to Berkeley Heights Elementary School. It serves nearly 800 children (predominantly white) in pre-K through third grade, as well as a classroom for special needs children. Before I go on, can I tell you about the fear that plagues us? Us, the families who belong to those children who landed not so perfectly on this earth. Our kids can’t tell us what’s wrong or tattle when danger lurks and that truth is a mountain that I never stop climbing ..

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