Google reports of Autistic Children Abused in School, you know what you’ll find? Pages and pages: One story after another.
Another one is making its rounds this week. The headline reads: Boardman Teacher’s Aide Reprimanded for Stapling Paper to Students Hair. Oh, just in case you think it’s just his hair, the statement from the mother’s attorney came back and stated they stapled it to the child’s head. But that really shouldn’t matter. When is okay for a stapler to touch a child’s head?
Do you know why this poor child had a piece of paper stapled to his head? The teacher and teacher aide requested the child bring his own water bottle to school.
I’m sure there are other ways to relay that message.
This teacher got away with a warning because there was no intent for harm.
Just a slap on the wrist.
The actions taken against many of the teachers and teacher aides are across the board. Some have received jail time and others just a warning.
There is no consistency.
I sit here and wonder what would happen if this happened to a child who is Atypical? There would be an outrage. They would fire the teacher from the school and probably have to serve time.
The school system continues to fail our special needs kids.
My son Collin has Autism, he’s 11 years old. Collin was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old.
Putting Collin into school was not the easiest thing. It takes time for special needs parents to trust who are caring for their child.
When Collin started school, he was nonverbal. I had to rely on my gut feeling and his behaviors to let me know if he was happy. When Collin would get home from school, I would check his body from head to toe for scratches, bumps, or bruises.
In Collin’s school journey, we got “lucky” We only had one bad apple. And Collin tried to let me know he would unbuckle his seatbelt on the way to school and pull my hair while I was driving. Once we got to school, it would take 30 minutes to get him out of the car. They eventually asked us to leave because they couldn’t handle Collin’s behaviors.
Since then we have been very fortunate. We put Collin into a private ABA school where he was completely happy. They closed at the beginning of the pandemic and now we homeschool.
If we don’t stand up now, these stories will continue…it has to stop now!
We can’t silence our voices we need to be heard! We need to be heard for this mother and her son and many, many more.