A Reason to Fire this Teacher: Recording an Autistic Child Stuck in a Chair
It's scary when our educational system cannot stick up for our children, autistic or neurotypical, and allows teachers and/or principals who stand idly by, taunt, and capture on camera a child's suffering, to remain employed by said institution. Justice needs to be served when such cases prop up. As a teacher myself, I abhor the human tendency to pick on the weak, find amusement in bullying, and enjoy random acts of cruelty. To be truly human, one must be kind, generous and always willing to give a helping hand. Otherwise, what is there left to celebrate in one's humanity?
The piece of new that I refer to is the latest scandal concerning a Michigan teacher who captured her ridicule of an autistic child stuck in a chair on her cell phone and spread it around to colleagues and friends all around. This was not only bullying in the worst light possible, but also an invasion of the child's privacy. Too many laws were broken and parents who have been rallying to keep her and refused to believe she could have done such a thing are beginning to see the real picture.
Nicole McVey, a fifth grade teacher at Oaktree Elementary School within the Goodrich region, is currently on paid administrative leave while her hearings continue, even though the school board has voted to fire her. She isn't the only one in trouble either. The principal saw the situation and deemed that it was not a big concern. She has resigned at the moment and her name is unavailable.
"Under Michigan's Tenure Law, that teacher has a right to a private hearing of any charges against her. The District is obligated to respect that right and will not discuss the specifics of the case," mentions Scott Bogner, superintendent of Goodrich Schools, presented in a Texan newsclip.
ABC News mentions that the boy is diagnosed with Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism which affects a large amount of students. At the moment, statistics show that about 1 in every 50 schoolchildren is on the spectrum, out of which boys are over 4 times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.
There is a rather huge need for special needs education within all school boards and teacher's colleges, in order to ensure those who teach our children are qualified to also understand and correctly react to all our children's needs.