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Father Sends Autistic Son To School Wearing a Wire; Disgusted By What He Heard

April 24, 2012

A story from the Huffington Post feeds every parents nightmare, it will break your heart. A father was getting reports that his autistic son was becoming increasingly violent in school. Puzzled by it, the father finally put a recording device on the child and sent him to school. What he heard in that six hours of audio compelled him to post a video on YouTube.

 He feels the boy’s meltdowns are a direct result of the teachers actions. The video is more than 17 minutes long. At 3:21 you can hear a woman scream at the class to shut up. At 4:37 you hear a woman talking to another adult about having too much wine the night before…all of this in front of the kids.

You can read the Huffington Post article here. Perhaps the most distressing part of all of this is that the adults knew the children did not have the capability to tell an adult what was going on.

Perhaps if there were video cameras in each classroom scenes like this would not be played out. They would be for the protection of both the teachers and the students. Please answer this question in the comments section below. Do you believe video cameras should be mandatory in school classrooms?

 

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  1. Jerome Davis permalink
    April 24, 2012 9:19 pm

    In schools where officials truly advocate and do what’s right for children, cameras are not necessary. The incident in the article titled “Father Sends Autistic Son To School Wearing a Wire; Disgusted By What He Heard,” would be out of the ordinary in a school like mine. Students with disabilities at my school make up a large part of our general population. Most importantly, they perform very well academically. An outsider looking in would have a very difficult time identifying students with disabilities in my school. The reason why is that we truly believe that students with disabilities can demonstrate academic excellence in the least restrictive learning environment.

  2. Terri James permalink
    April 24, 2012 3:55 pm

    This is horrible… I don’t understand why people would apply for a job dealing specifically with special needs children, then *NOT* want to do what’s asked of them. Being a teacher is not some dead end job that anyone can apply for. There’s a strenuous certification process required… As for the question of cameras… I say yes. Install them everywhere, and if everywhere is too much, then start in special needs classrooms where administrators know that students are not able to express themselves like other students. The camera can be an advocate for these children, and hold special needs teachers accountable. All bullies aren’t kids these days!

  3. April 24, 2012 2:26 pm

    Although there are certainly safety reasons for having video cameras in the classroom, the more positive reason for having cameras is to use the information to inform parents about accomplishments, processes that are working at school, behaviors that are different between school/home/community environments, teacher methodolgy for getting a child to complete a task, etc.

    Having video cameras on a school bus recently short-circuited a potentially long and emotionally gruelling meeting when a child on the ASD spectrum was sexually assaulted by a student on a regular ed bus. The discussion moved much quicker from he said/he said, to how to safeguard the victimized child once law enforcement, the school district, and the bus contractor saw that the videotape corroborated our child’s report.

  4. Heather Milligan permalink
    April 24, 2012 1:55 pm

    This is quite a shame. I am completely taken back by the behavior of the adults in this story. I have several family members that are Autistic and several others that have ADHD, also suffer from Bipolar Disorder. My oldest child Amber is going to start student teaching chldren w/special needs starting in the Fall of this year and I could not be more proud. My personal opinion is that I do not believe that any one being male or female that wants to teach that area or any for that matter,should be able to just because they have the credentials on paper. They need to be there for the children ONLY and not a damn pay check! Kuddos to the father that planted the listening device on his son and found out the TRUTH which always prevails in the end ..

  5. April 24, 2012 12:03 pm

    Being an owner of a swim school that specializes in teaching chioldren with specila needs, this was a great reminder of continuing our efforts to be professional and appropriate at all times!!

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