I don't know if you've heard about this story. A teacher led her students to vote an autistic child out of class because of his disruptive behavior. Teacher lets Morningside students vote out 5 year old classmate
This is just the tip of the iceberg on this story and it sure got my dander up. Having just posted this Arabian Horses as Healers I'm feeling a bit sensitive on the subject. The post tells about my two grandsons who have autism spectrum disorder.
The oldest grandson has never been officially diagnosed. However, it has been clear to me since he was an infant that he is a high functioning autistic. I think his life would be alot different if he had gotten early intervention. I'm not sure if there is help for him at the age of 21.
I just found out on Saturday that the second grandson has just been diagnosed. He is four years old and is just now beginning a program for children his age with autism spectrum disorder. I understand that he is also being evaluated for Asperger's Syndrome.
Anyway, back to the point of a teacher behaving in such a manner. What kind of hope for these kids is there if a teacher who has the pertinent information chooses to deal with them like this. Not to mention about the message it sends to the rest of the kids in that classroom.
This blog has seen lots of posts about abuse but I'm not sure I was prepared for this kind of callousness in this day and age. We're supposed to be becoming more enlightened. Aren't we?