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Teacher Fired, Isolation Room Closed, Lawsuit Pending

08/24/09
by Wrightslaw

The following video (taken from a school surveillance tape) is a shocking report of videotaped abuse of a 14 year old boy who has autism.

This young boy cannot speak and is not able to explain what happens to him at school. He repeatedly arrives home with torn clothes and in January was taken to the emergency room with a broken finger.

The boy’s father said he was told everything at school was “going well, ” however, while they were at the emergency room the teacher had no explanation about how the injury occurred. The surveillance tape tells more of the story.

Mark Kamleiter, the parent’s attorney, said “the injury may have been an accident, but maintains the boy never should have been touched or placed in an isolation room in the first place.”

He adds, “Now is the time for everyone to stand up and say that this treatment of our children with disabilities must stop.

Link to the story on My Fox Tampa Bay is at http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/nature_coast/autism_abuse_lawsuit_081309

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Samanth
01/12/2014

As an educator of children with severe autism, I have often had to use restraints for the childs own safety as well as my own. I have been punched, scratched, kicked, etc, as well as seen children violently slam their heads against walls or floors as behaviors. Despite this, I love my job and enjoy working with these children. School environment is different than the home in that we challenge students to perform academically, and I believe that in extreme cases, restraints are warranted for everyone’s safety and well being. But in all cases, parents are notified, it is in the BSP, and the staff is trained at least 2x per year in proper techniques. It is very sad that some awful educators care more about themselves than the children they are there to protect. No excuse for abuse, but not all of us are bad!!

Lisa
04/26/2010

My son with an autism spectrum disorder (very high functioning and verbal) was abused both physically and emotionally by his regular ed 5th grade teacher (s). SRS (social services) investigated and found he was abused. OCR (Office of Civil Rights) investigated and found that he was abused but not due to his disability (he was only child in his regular ed classroom with a severe disability and only child abused – so what else was it that caused him to be targeted?) The school district decided the teachers did not abuse our son (despite the state agency’s findings one did). The teacher remained teaching and our son was forced from his classroom and eventually his school due to anxiety, post traumatic stress caused by the abusive teachers. Abusive teachers remain teaching and no laws say they cannot while our son is forced away- crazy!

melissa
02/17/2010

I am concerned my son is being abused in his class which is a special needs class for behavior control. My son is stating his teacher is grabbing him, pushing him, and talking very mean to him. The school is not listening to me. I feel the school is covering things up. Who can help me? Who can I talk to for help?

LeeAnn
01/10/2010

After reading a few of these cases on Wrightslaw, I am shocked to think that this is going on in our country. I would like to know if there is an organization or agency that is collecting data on how frequently cases like this become public? Parents need more education about what signs to look for regarding abuse.

Terry
12/14/2009

My daughter was also abused at school by her 4th math teacher. She now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because she was traumatized by her teacher. My child is dyslexic and she had a very hard time understanding her math word problems and the teacher would become very frustrated with her. When I also realized that she was jabbing her with a pencil, pulling her hair, and raising her hand with a ruler in her hand to pretend to hit her and strike the air, I reported her to Child Protective Services. CPS did their investigation and interviewed other students and verified what my daughter had said was correct they came back stating there was enough evidence of abuse. She suffered from emotional, physical, and verbal abuse. Yet the school failed to let her go because of this. So my daughter now has to take anti-anxiety meds.