Tuesday, May 27, 2008

World's Worst Teacher

The mother of an autistic boy says her son's teacher let his classmates vote him out of class. Should this woman be allowed to teach?
Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.

After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.

By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex -- who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism -- out of the class.
Wow. An adult leads a bunch of five year olds in the psychological lynching of a disabled boy.

Ms. Portillo, you are a bully and should not be allowed to teach! Even If you have a problem with a child in your class, it is your job to get him under control through proper, mature, and sensitive means. Instead, you lead the whole classroom in a lesson on how to bully a weaker child. You emotionally abused him and every single child in the room that day.

Alex's mother claims he screams every time he is brought near the school. Is this enough evidence that you have psychologically scarred him?

Ms. Portillo, what makes matters worse is that you knew Alex most likely had a disability affecting his ability to communicate and socialize, and yet you still put him through this outrageous form of public humiliation. You allowed mere children to make the decision to exclude Alex from education. Education is something every child has a right to in this country, and you were trusted with this responsibility.

And while I'm dishing out shame, a fair amount also goes to the Florida state attorney's office which concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse! Insanity. Just think about your child going through such humiliation, and then try to tell me it's not abuse!

Hat tip to the Thinking In Metaphors blog that has an excellent legal analysis of the case.

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