Teacher Encourages Children to Tell Autistic Boy Why They Don’t Like Him and then Vote Him Out of Class

When I got up this morning I found that Hubby had left this article open on his computer and I assumed it was for me to read, so I sat down with my hot cup of tea in hand and began to peruse through the article.

For those of you who don’t want to click on the link, the gist of the story is that a young boy in Kindergarten who is in the middle of being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of high functioning Autism, was horribly emotionally battered the other day when his teacher had the rest of the kids in the class tell all the things that they don’t like about this boy and then they voted him out of the class?
WTF?? How can you vote a 4 or 5 year old child out of a class?
This teacher then sent him to the classroom.

What the hell kind of an adult subjects a child to that kind of heartbreak and pain? To have to sit there and listen to complaints of him being ‘disgusting‘ and ‘annoying‘. Childhood is hard enough to endure, I mean kids are harsh enough on each other but that teacher just sanctioned bullying towards that little boy. She just taught all those kids that it’s alright to pick on someone who is different from you, and telling them just what you think is OK as well.

As a parent of a child who had a teacher telling the kids in my child’s class that it’s alright to emotionally abuse and torment another child, I’m saying that I do not think that woman is in the right line of work.
This little boy was in the principals office when she started talking to the kids about the boy, I believe his name is Alex. I understand talking to the kids about the boy like that, perhaps have an airing out of the differences and some of the disturbances so that the kids feel like they have a voice about what he’s doing to upset them, and then the teacher could direct them towards a positive way to handle the boy when he’s being difficult. Name calling should not be one of the ways.
Saying things like ‘I don’t like what you are doing.’ and ‘Please stop’ and then informing the kids that if that doesn’t work to come and get her would have been positive. Instead she turned it into this horrible thing that made this little boy not want to go to school anymore. It also sounds like this boy had finally made a friend and now he’s lost that as well.
And the thing is, if this boy does have Aspergers it isn’t like he’s able to totally control what he’s doing, it’s a form of autism. The teacher should be sympathetic and should be helping the children to understand and teaching them how to communicate with this boy, all she taught them was ignorance and intolerance of people who are disabled.

Way to go, I know that if I had a ‘normal’ child in her class I’d be very angry and I’d want her as far from my child as I could get her. There are a lot of parents out there who work very hard to raise their children with openness and to show them that there are different sorts of people out there in the world and that you have to accept that you wont get along with everyone but you should learn how to be polite and treat people with respect and politeness, we must be tolerant of the differences between us and in the cases of people with disabilities we should work to assist them and try our hardest not to hurt them.

She undid all of that with one little vote.

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About katastrophes1

Kat is a 20 something girl stuck in a 40 something body. Mom to 3 kids, tormented and amused by 3 crazy dogs. Amateur photographer, self taught crochet junkie. Thinker of crazy thoughts. Where do they come from? Who knows where thoughts occur, they just happen!
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One Response to Teacher Encourages Children to Tell Autistic Boy Why They Don’t Like Him and then Vote Him Out of Class

  1. boXx says:

    >Well it sure does sound like that teacher was in the wrong, but it's also hard to tell because we're not hearing the whole story. Classroom meetings are done in a circular fashion and students can voice their feelings USUALLY after they say something *positive* first, but kindergarten is too young for that type of class meeting. Severely emotionally disturbed (SED) children should NOT be in the regular classroom their needs are too much for the teacher student ratio. The child belongs in a special setting or with a full time aid. My DEVIL CHILD has ruined EVERY day of this school year for the other 32 kids in the class.

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