Bailey, now 12-years-old started out with a fairly common diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia in 1st grade but it wasn’t long before Asperger’s, Tic Disorder and much more were piled on. Unfortunately, these diagnoses would end up with him being bullied from the start of 6th grade on. He was called names, teased and treated horribly. Bailey would pick up on these names and repeat them over and over leading him to get in trouble and be suspended for his actions. It seemed as if the school wasn’t helping with this unique issue despite his mother’s interventions.
In February 2016, the family decided to leave the school. With Bailey continuously getting in trouble and the bullying not being addressed, the family felt this was their only option. But they didn’t want to give up easily. They worked with the school over a two week period and hired an advocate to try and fix the problems they had been facing. Things got worse. Bailey was even booed when he entered classes. Taking things into his own hands, Bailey began trying to pay off his bullies by buying them additional items at lunch but the bullying continued and Bailey acted out what he was receiving accordingly. Over time, it was decided that Bailey would learn best in a room by himself. He wasn’t able to attend PE, band, drama or any other extra-curricular activities. As you can imagine, Bailey started to find ways to escape the boredom known for removing ceiling tiles and being restrained shortly after. The family was distraught not sure how to get Bailey reintroduced into a normal classroom situation. They weren’t happy with the school’s solutions. And not only were mom and dad unhappy, Bailey was too. He began contemplating taking his own life.
That’s all it took to decide that Bailey needed a new school and new environment. They found a place called Fusion Academy. It seemed perfect, all except the tuition bill. But it was worth it because in no time Bailey had made friends and was making great grades. And that should be no surprise with his IQ tested as high as 127. Soon, Bailey would go on to own his own business that would have the potential to help with tuition.
This idea had blossomed years ago when he was only 8-years-old. His dad had some old wood lying around and Bailey had the great idea of building a birdhouse. So, that’s what father and son did. Bailey knew his handiwork was worth something so he took his projects to his school’s market days where he learned there was demand. So far, Bailey has sold birdhouses to family, friends and a few locals.
For Bailey to have gone through life’s hardships and still have the dedication and strength to compete and train in horse shows and to have his own business is pretty amazing. You can purchase your own birdhouse at www.baileysbirdhouses.com.