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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Teacher Throws Autistic Child Out Of Classroom

Okay, I wouldn't call this pulling a "Survivor" like the media appears intent on calling it. What this teacher did was disgusting. She deserves to be fired. Hell, she should never be allowed near children again.

Florida Teacher Allegedly Lets Kindergarteners Kick Autistic Boy Out of Class in 'Survivor'-Like Vote

Hundreds of parents of autistic children are signing an online petition to get Florida teacher Wendy Portillo fired for her alleged tactics toward a 5-year-old boy that mirror the reality show “Survivor.”

Morningside Elementary School in Port St. Lucie, Fla., alerted Melissa Barton this year that her son, Alex, suffers from a high-functioning form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome, FOX 29 reported.

Barton claims that Alex was punished for symptoms of his disability, such as humming and eating his homework. She says Portillo went too far last week when she kicked Alex out of class, and then allowed the other students to vote on whether he should be allowed back in.

Each student was also allowed to say what he or she did not like about Alex. By a 14-to-2 margin, the students voted Alex out of class, according to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“She said this was her way of correcting his behavior,” Barton said. “I asked him how that made him feel and he said, ‘I feel sad.’”

Barton has filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St. Lucie Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Steele told the Sun-Sentinel.

But the state attorney's office decided the matter did not meet criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed, Steele said.

The teacher has been disciplined, however.

“Ms. Portillo has been reassigned outside of the classroom at the district offices until any further action may be determined," St. Lucie County School District said in a statement.

Alex has not returned to school since the incident, and Barton says he won’t be going back.

"He was incredibly upset," Barton told the Sun-Sentinel. "The only friend he has ever made in his life was forced to do this."

Unfortunately, if this woman is fired from this job, she most likely won't be banned from teaching. Here's what I see happening. I don't know if she will be fired from this job. Either way, I see her being ordered to attend classes on autism and how to deal with an autistic child. Then she'll try to bullshit her way out of this one, just like the school district will try to bullshit their way out of this one by pretending to do something about it.

She claims that this was "her way of correcting his behavior". If his "behavior" is part of his disorder, how in the hell can she correct it? Scratch that!! She's just one stupid, ignorant bitch who doesn't belong in the teaching profession.

I wish there was a way to sign this petition because I would certainly add my name to the list. I'm not a mother. What I am is an outraged person.

On another note, this is NOT emotional child abuse? Why? Because he's autistic? He has emotions too. He can suffer from emotional abuse just like everyone else. What this bitch did was not only abuse, but she allowed other students to emotionally abuse this child. And for what? Public humiliation is not a way to "correct behavior".

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  • At 3:22 AM, Blogger FunkyTown Fighter said…

    That's the kind of SHIT, that makes me want to SMACK A BITCH!!! My nephew is Autistic and sadly school districts obviously for the most part don't think these kids have any feelings! Last year my nephew was THROWN on the bus and not buckled in mind you, well another teacher aide saw and alerted my sister the next day when she dropped him off at school. Do you know those BASTARDS REFUSED to let my sister see the tape from the bus! It was mysteriously "lost". Now your probably asking what makes this sooo bad? Well let me tell you my nephew has Autism as a result of a genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis. What the disorder does is cause violent seizures and autism among other things because what they are is benign tumors that grow in the brain, heart, kidneys,as well as other areas of the body. So basically by that BITCH not buckling him in not only was she BREAKING the law, she put his LIFE IN DANGER! To this day the bitch is still with the district. Thankfully she can come no where near my nephew!! It is a sad day when we ALLOW this type IGNORANCE to occur!!! Sorry to be soooo long it just really pisses me off! It is too close to home!


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