Friday, May 30, 2008

Creature Teacher Petition

The following is a letter written by a father who put together a petion for ousting the Creature Teacher:

Florida Teacher Should Be Fired For Mistreatment of Austistic 5 Year Old Voting Him Out Of


Target:Anyone With Children Or Special Needs Kids

Sponsored by:
Jim Staley

We the undersigned petition that Wendy Portillo is terminated from teaching for her inexcusable behavior. This Florida teacher thought it was proper to have her classroom of 16 Kindergardners vote out a 5 year old Austic child "Survivor" Style. For all of you that have children, know children or plan to have children this is a must read. So that means everyone.

I have a now 10 year old son that was diagnosed 5 years ago with Aspergers which is a high functioning form of Austism. I was outraged to read that this teacher had this young boy stand up in front of the class and let his classmates "vote him out" and tell him why they didn't like him. No child no matter what the circumstance deserves this sort of burden brought on by the teacher especially since he didn't ask to be the way he is.Can you imagine the emotional scars that this child will have? Imagine your child being treated like this and the Teacher was the main cause.

Law enforcement says there were no laws broken and the School is "looking into it".Wendy Portilla (the teacher) admits " I let the students decide if he could come back in. They took a vote. The count 2 for and 14 against, "I looked at Alex and asked, "How did it make you feel?" And he said, "Sad." And she looked at him and said, "No, it didn't!" Please read full articles here: This sort of behavior should not be tolerated.

Please help us circulate this petition. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Petition located:

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.

Monday, May 26, 2008

More BOINK and an anniversary

Just a quick update on the BOINK progress. Parts one and two done. I will be doing the top knot today in prep for part three that comes out tomorrow.

It was also my 23 anniversary this week. My girls, 19 and 16- cooked us dinner--my son (16) was the waiter. It was great. (yes the towel he has is my "Pears" cross stitch finish from a couple months ago)

Me and my husband Eric. His hair really is that long (mid-back)--he hasn;t cut it since he got out of the Navy 13 years ago.

Dinner was served in our little tent out on the back deck. The girls did a wonderful job decorating. (Ignore my flabby arms--I lost a lot of weight [210 lbs] and have a wee bit of loose skin to show for it)

Then it poured! we wound up eating out dessert and after dinner drinks in the living room. It was still a WONDEFUL night!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Kaat's Artwork

My daughter has been working on painting. She draws well, but has been reluctant to paint. She finally strted. I have put some of her work here......cuz I can =)

A puppy she drew and painted in grey-scale

Horse skull emerging from human --A shapeshifter sort of thing

Flowers for me

Friday, May 9, 2008

More work, a Win.

I have got a little further on my BOINK. I had to go out to California for a funeral for my DH's grandfather. The stitching kept me sane while with the outlaws.

When I got back home I decided that because I have so many colors in my BAP Chat Noir (26 and counting!!) I needed a way to organize them. I had been just placing the threaded needle in a peice of felt with a piece of paper attached that gave the number and symbol. It gets really messy and not really enough room. So I put together a needle book made from fabric, card board, felt pieces and a bit of ribbon and a couple charms. The book has about 12 "pages" so I am hoping it will be neater,

I also found out I was a door prize winner from the online Stitching Show. I won a free patternfrom Ink Circles--one of the ones I REALLY wanted!!! I am hoping mine will turn out as gorgeous.

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