His story broke last week, and when I read it, I was troubled, saddened and outraged, but because of time constraints all I could do was make notes, knowing that it would be this week before I would be writing about this charming little boy
Photo provided by the family
Alex, a 5 year old boy “who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism,” specifically Asperger’s syndrome, was voted out of his kindergarten classroom by the other students. How did that happen? The teacher thought it would be a good idea to let the other kids tell Alex what they thought of him. “Disgusting” and ” annoying” was the verdict. The vote was 14-2 in favor of kicking him out of the class, so he left and spent the rest of the day in the nurse’s office.
Melissa Barton, his mother, 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.
I understand how annoying it can be to have a disruptive child in a classroom, or in a home, or in a church service, or in a Sunday school situation. In both Rialto and Garden Grove, Jerry founded Christian schools, and I’m quite familiar with such frustrations, although we were not staffed to handle autistic children, so we would not have admitted Alex to our school. But we had plenty of disruptive students, believe me. So, I sympathize with the difficulty the teacher must have experienced in dealing with Alex.
But to call such a child to the front of the room and lead his classmates into berating and belittling him is far beyond the pale. It smacks of cruelty, and a complete lack of feeling for this challenged child.
It is my opinion that the teacher should be fired.
There have been positive developments in the story since last week. From around the world, Alex and his mother have received support. In this video, you will see Alex and his mother Melissa being interviewed.
I’m interested in your opinion about this matter. Can you think of any reason the teacher was justified in such action?
Edit: Breaking News Friday 10:00 A kindergarten teacher has been reassigned after she allowed her students to oust a fellow 5-year-old from the classroom because of his disciplinary …Chicago Sun-Times –