Medical Fund for Jordan Jackson
Nov. 14, Jordan (8yo) was on the playground after school hours at Spanish Lake Primary, along with his 4-year-old sister, J'Niaha, while they waited for Alana to bring them home for the day. An incident broke out between Jordan and another elementary-aged boy - a teacher's child - when the other child is said to have begun throwing mulch at Jordan. Jordan asked the child to stop to no avail. At that point, the other child's 13-year-old brother approached Jordan and pushed him to the ground.
Jordan walked away from the incident, but returned upon noticing mulch was now being thrown at his sister, J'Niaha, by the younger child under the command of the 13-year-old. A fight broke out between Jordan and the younger child when the 13-year-old again approached Jordan. At this time, a previously un-involved fourth grade student entered the incident saying to Jordan: 'You need to go back to the cotton farm.'
"My son, who understands the connotation of that statement because we've had those conversations before, was appalled, so he said 'that's racist.' The child responded 'why do you think it's so racist? You do need to go back to the cotton farm.' So at that point my son began to try to defend himself because the 13-year-old was pushing him down and calling him a baby." Jordan was pushed down numerous times and body-slammed atleast twice.
It is then that Jordan sustained the injuries - a fractured right humerus and what would later be diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome.
A fifth grade student, who is said to have witnessed the entire account, walked Jordan to the classroom where Jackson was, and informed her of the events. There were no adult witnesses to the event, however surveillance footage is available and is being used by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for their investigation.
This isn't Jordan's first time being assaulted at the school, and in fact, it is the third incident he has had in a year's time. He was profanely spoken to by a janitor last school year and was physically assaulted in October. Upset by the amount of altercations Jordan has experienced, Alana took face to Facebook express her pain and frustration.
"Today my 8 year old son had to physically defend himself and his sister on the playground after a 13 year old boy slammed him to the ground breaking his arm & giving him a concussion, a 6 year old threw mulch at them, and a 9 year old told him to "Go back to the cotton farm!" Now you tell me...as a parent, how do I not feel hurt? As an African American, how do I not take offense? As a Christian, how do I not seek love? I am disappointed that our culture has exhibited the behavior that makes our children believe that this type of behavior is acceptable. I am saddened that we have come so far yet are still so far away. I am discouraged that many have given up even though we are so far from finished. Yet I am hopeful that God is still in control. #TakeHeed #LearningOpportunityForEveryone #FromTheMouthOfBabes #WhatAreYourBabiesSpeaking,"
The next day, Tuesday, Nov. 15, Alana received a call from the school and obliged a conference request. She said the principal was very apologetic, but released the school from liability as the incident took place outside of school hours and involved a non-student. Dismayed by the response of the school, Alana then contacted the Sheriff's Office. The responding officer advised her that the school would be responsible and that she should present medical expenses to the school. However when she returned with her bills, the school refuted responsibility. Later that evening, Alana and husband were made aware of Jordan's injuries, both physical and emotional.
Being a parish(county) employee herself, Alana has spoken to other school officials, including the superintendent, who she said were all apologetic and willing to assist. She simply wants the incident tended to and for the responsible party to handle the expenses brought on by the incident.
That bring us to where we are at now. Since the initial event, Jordan has been to the emergency room 3 times, the last two of which have been for extreme headaches, nausea and dizziness. Doctors have diagnosed him with post-concussion syndrome. It's a set of symptoms that may contine for weeks, months or a year or more after a concussion. Jordan is 4.0 honor student and athlete, but has been staying at home after initially trying to return to school but was unable to make it through the day. Both Alana and her husband are alternating taking days off from work to watch over him. They been enduring sleepless nights filled with Jordan in pain from migraines, crying, and most disturbing to us all abnormal mood swings. We are trying to make sure that there are no other physical injuries related to the concussion; and at the same time provide whatever mental and emotional counseling he needs to move beyond this.
Full disclosure: Although being urged by many to setup this GoFundMe page to help with some of these expenses, Alana is still really hesistant about asking for help like this. She isn't used to asking for help and doesn't want people to feel this is about making money off of what happened. As she told me, "if I have to go broke to not cloud the issue then so be it." But many of us don't feel that is just, so she agreed to this GoFundMe with the condition that any money raised beyond the expense of this will be donated to charity. So that is what we will do and report back on how much and who it was given to.
Thanks so much for reading about Jordan story and expressing some interests in helping. Your donation will be greatly appreciated, but we also ask for your continued prayers as we push forward in this uncertain time.
Thanks from the Jackson/Colbert family
We understand now that this rollercoaster ride may just be beginning and we are pacing ourselves. We are extremely appreciative of all who've continued to reach out concerned with Jordan's condition. We know you are in this with us and want to share as much about his recovery as possible. At the same time we realize that providing day-by-day snapshots probably won't give a complete picture either. Instead we are going to give weekly updates for now and hope that gives better insight to the overall process.
As we continue to wait for any word from the investigation, we can't say how much your generosity, support, prayers, cards and gifts have meant to us. We've read several of your positive messages to Jordan and J'Niaha & are really trying to make sure that they see that people actually care and not everyone is bad. We refuse to let either of them grow up resenting people for this, and in teaching that we are learning it in a whole new way ourselves.
"On my heart this morning....Woke up this morning absolutely overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support that so many have given. We are so encouraged and humbled by the kindness shown. As you can imagine, it has been difficult for Jordan and our entire family as we adjust to our new reality where life and "friends" are no longer the same. We find comfort in knowing that we are not alone. Sending love appreciation, and blessings to all who've reached out to create the silver lining in this storm cloud. God Bless You."
Oh one other thing. People have been asking where they can send cards and well wishes. We setup a P.O.Box:
Po box 244,
Prairieville, LA 70769
We finally were invited to the courthouse to give statements and given some confidence by the Sheriff and his staff that they were taking this seriously and working swiftly to resolution.
When I started this GoFundMe, I thought we were dealing with a broken arm and a concussion. Since then the situation has evolved into Post-Concussion Syndrome, which is hard to even estimate the costs of. Now it appears that a small, and I stress SMALL, handful of Alana's former colleagues have decided to launch personal attacks on her and the kids. So we may very well be facing a situation where returning to that school at all isn't an option for either Jordan or J'Niaha, less more Alana as an educator. Alana is devastated as these are people she considered friends; but she realizes that sending the kids back into that environment just isn't wise at all.
I also want to personally thank everyone who has donated. We are trying to respond to each person individually but as you can imagine with the sheer numbers and everything else going on, it's taking a while. Just wanted to know that we appreciate your generosity and your well wishes.
Ashlee Smith Albarado, you are a disgusting human being. Using your child's cancer as a defense for racism and brutality against a child is disgusting. Furthermore, it doesn't even make sense. Your child has cancer so that means that Jordan shouldn't be receiving donations for his very real medical problems? Medical problems that are the result of attacks perpetrated by little monsters who are being raised by people like you? Why not share what's really making you upset? The fact that this story has not remained a secret to the rest of the world, and you and the school you support have been exposed as racist scum. For others asking, this story has been covered by multiple news outlets, including The Washington Post. Learn to use Google and quit harassing this poor family.
Please keep as much of it as you possibly can. There will be needs in the future, for certain. There should be fun after the healing. And peaceful time together to gather strength again. I hope these funds go to all of these things for your family. And I hope justice is served.
I would love to talk with you more about sponsoring Jordan seeing an Impact concussion specialist or pediatric concussion specialist. Our daughter had a severe concussion and very similar symptoms and was able to recover with the help of this type of amazing dr. I'm willing to call our dr for a referral to someone in your area and help as much as I can. Please do reach out. We are with you.
Jordan NEVER forget you are loved. I am praying for you and your family that an cloud of cloud of love and peace surround you. To Mr and Mrs Jackson, as a mom I am sending you a cyber hug and am crying and praying with you for Jordan's complete recovery in body mind and soul. You are loved and not alone.
Now, before you jump in and say THIS story about Jordan IS different. Let me ask you. Is it? Do you know without a shadow of a doubt you haven't jumped the gun? You have so BOLDLY taken ONE Facebook post-from an uncle in California-and believed it. All of it. You want to know: How can anyone defend THE other side of the story. How could ANYONE have the nerve to defend THOSE "other people." I can. And I will. I BOLDLY will. I PROUDLY will. I have 4 daughters. One of them was recently diagnosed with cancer. All 4 of them have attended this AMAZING school since Kindergarten. My daughter currently fighting for her LIFE hasn't raised over $40,000 in a gofundme. Childhood cancer is a FACT. You READ Jordan broke his arm because a 13 year old "beat him up and body slammed him." Do you KNOW that to be a FACT?" Ask his uncle and mom. They KNOW it's not. Ask Jordan. He would tell you that's not how he broke his arm. Do you know for a FACT every detail that took place that day? I can't tell you EVERY detail because I wasn't there. Nor were you. But, you have bought this one sided story because it's something so many of us are passionate about. We SHOULD be. What we SHOULD NOT BE DOING is creating things that didn't happen. We SHOULD NOT be making a story out to be something it isn't-to gain sympathy, national attention and a VERY quickly growing gofundme. You have quickly believed what you wanted to believe. Just remember-there is ALWAYS more than one side to EVERY story. Many of you want to know WHY no one from the school is speaking out. There is an ACTIVE investigation going on. They are BOUND by legalities to NOT speak out. You've heard the ONE side because it came from a third party-Jordan's uncle. He is not legally bound to keep quiet. Nor am I. I have nothing to gain from speaking out. I am simply a mom who has silently watched MY school be attacked because a family chose to lie. Remember-there is video surveillance to support this. Remember this when the WHOLE story comes out. Remember the story YOU read from the uncle.... Jordan was the victim-and DIDN'T initiate this. Jordan did NOTHING wrong-and didn't instigate. I am NOT saying ANYONE is innocent. Let me make that VERY clear. There WAS an incident. It is being investigated. ALL parties involved need to be given consequences that fit their actions. Including Jordan. The TRUE story will come out. And it is NOT what you have read. Why am I speaking out? I am simply a mom who is watching her child fight for her LIFE against cancer. I am a mom who only WISHES this many people were passionate and willing to donate to childhood cancer funding. I am JUST a mom who can NOT sit quietly anymore and watch HER school and community and teachers be attacked. I am a mom who has REALLY thick skin-having a child with cancer will do that to you. If you want to attack me and tell me- "I should be ashamed of myself" or " I am racist". I can take it. Just know, my family is neither of those things. Today, and EVERY day, PLEASE stop and look around and just breathe in every single GOOD thing around you. Give THANKS for them. Don't forget there are people fighting battles some of you could NEVER imagine. Cherish this day. Give THANKS. HAPPY THANKSGIVING. #thingsarentalwayswhattheyseem
I am unable to donate, but my heart goes out to these babies!! There is no reason why these kids should of had to go through that. As for the others that approached them, I pray that you guys get justice!! Absolutely no reason for that. Tell little man that everyone is proud of him for standing up for his baby sister!! He is a hero in my eyes!! ♡♡ Much love to those little ones..
As a lawyer, you absolutely can sue the school. If it is a city school and not private, be mindful of deadlines. Talk to a civil rights attorney in your area. This should not be happening on school grounds or anywhere! Sending prayers to Jordan and the family.