Mentally ill lose out as special ed declines
FRANKSTON — As the miles passed, and the state psychiatric hospital faded into the rearview mirror, Alston Jeffus allowed himself to smile for the first time in five months.
The 16-year-old closed his eyes and savored his chance to get his life back. He thought about his brothers and his friends. He imagined returning to his school basketball team and becoming the star.
In the front seat, his mother snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook.