Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Outraged, Disgusted and Saddened

I cannot believe this story. I am alternately outraged, digusted and saddened. My heart really goes out to this mom and her son.

If drawing and quartering were still legal, it wouldn't be too harsh for this excuse of a teacher. I would love to have the same thing happen to herthat she perpetrated on this child.

I am not terrible cohent in my writing on this, I am just too pissed on behalf of this family and other families that face this issue.

Yes, my son had Aspergers. If this ever happened to him, I am not sure what I would do, but it would not be pleasant.

Yes Aspie kids CAN be obnoxious, belligerent and hard to handle. So what?? She chose to teach and there ARE appropriae ways to handle behavior issues. This is not one of them.

What on earth is this teaching the kids in this classroom?? Bulling is OK if the teacher starts it??


Read on--might want to get some pepto next to you though----

By Colleen Wixon (Contact)Saturday, May 24, 2008

PORT ST. LUCIE — 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.

Melissa Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St. Lucie Department spokeswoman Michelle Steele said. But the state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed, Steele said.

Port St. Lucie Police no longer are investigating, but police officials are documenting the complaint, she said.

Steele said the teacher confirmed the incident took place.

Portillo could not be reached for comment Friday.

Steele said the boy had been sent to the principal's office because of disciplinary issues. When he returned, Portillo made him go to the front of the room as a form of punishment, she said.
Barton said her son is in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism. Alex began the testing process in February at the suggestion of Morningside Principal Marcia Cully.

Children diagnosed with Asperger's often exhibit social isolation and eccentric behavior..
Alex has had disciplinary issues because of his disability, Barton said. After the family moved into the area and Alex and his sibling arrived at the school in January, Alex spent much of the time in the principal's office, she said.

He also had problems at his last school, but he did not have issues during his two years of preschool, Barton said.

School and district officials have met with Barton and her son to create an individual education plan to address his difficulties, she said. Portillo attended these meetings, Barton said.
Barton said after the vote, Portillo asked Alex how he felt.

"He said, 'I feel sad,' " Barton said.

Alex left the classroom and spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office, she said.
Barton said when she came to pick up her son at the school Wednesday, he was leaving the nurse's office.

"He was shaken up," she said.

Barton said the nurse told her to talk with Portillo, who told her what happened.

Alex hasn't been back to school since then, and Barton said he won't be returning. He starts screaming when she brings him with her to drop off his sibling at school.

Thursday night, his mother heard him saying "I'm not special" over and over. Barton said Alex is reliving the incident. The other students said he was "disgusting" and "annoying," Barton said.

"He was incredibly upset," Barton said. "The only friend he has ever made in his life was forced to do this." St. Lucie School's spokeswoman Janice Karst said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment.

Vern Melvin, Department of Children and Families circuit administrator, confirmed the agency is investigating an allegation of abuse at Morningside but said he could not elaborate.

2 Meow Backs:

verobirdie said...

I agree with you, this is not acceptable from a teacher. A kid might be difficult to deal with, but it is the responsibility of adults to find solutions, not that of others kids. Not only Alex has been abused, but also the other kids. I hope this will not happen to your son.

Ruth M. said...

Thanks for the comment. I cant see it ever happening to my son, but I can;t rule anything out after reading the story about this particular teacher.

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