This letter is in response to Mr. Ed Woeten's letter alleging that all children in special education classes are drug babies. I can assure you, Mr. Woeten, that not all disabilities are caused by a parent's involvement with drugs.
I am the sibling of Susana Ponce, age 16, who was born with Down syndrome Trisomy 21. I would just like you to know that the cause of her syndrome has nothing to do with drugs but is a chromosomal disorder.
I am shocked and disgusted that a substitute teacher would spread such ignorance and misinformation to the people of the Imperial Valley. We need our children to be educated in the public school system by teachers who are educated themselves. Making ignorant comments about children without knowing all the facts, especially about a child's medical diagnosis considering you do not hold a medical degree, is unnecessary and I find it deeply upsetting.