Strongsville Mom Keeps Kids Home

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Katy Burant

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — A Strongsville mother decided to keep her two children home Monday from school while teachers in the district are on strike.

About 383 members of the Strongsville Education Association (SEA) spent Monday on the picket lines after the union voted to strike Sunday night. The vote happened after nine months of negotiating failed to end with a deal.

Katy Burant said she is now concerned about safety and security in the district but has an added concern. Her three-year old son has diabetes. She is pleased with the team the district put in place to monitor her son.

“I have to put my trust in them to take care of him when he is at school. And I definitely have been overly satisfied with them, yes,” she said.

Burant is an educator in another district who supports the teachers in their strike but said her son’s medical needs override all other concerns.

“When you are a mom of a child with medical concerns you have to be concerned about that, too,” she said. “Who would take care of him? Definitely a big concern.”

Parent Dave Potter said he was disappointed in the teachers, especially what he likened to bullying tactics against substitute teachers.

“If any kids had the type of behavior you saw by some of those teachers in the city square, if they did that same thing in the schools, they’d be subject to expulsion,” he said.

He feels his three children are caught in the middle.

*Read much more about the strike here*