I have at times been criticized for being difficult and harshly critical of people at times. This might be a fair criticism, but at the same time, it is rooted in a belief that most people are their own worst enemies, and often deliberately do or say demonstrably silly things, and then get offended when people like myself have the temerity to call them out. But at the same time, I don’t direct that blowtorch at people who can’t help whatever ails them. Maybe it took having to neural-atypical children to really drive that point home, but consider it made. And when I see accounts of people who have training and who are considered “authorities” deliberately belittling and mocking those they have been trained and hired to help? Yeah, the RCOB* descends, and the fangs come out.
So when I read this story? Yeah…put away the breakables.
Two Alabama teachers have been put on administrative leave after the mother of a 10-year-old student with cerebral palsy attached an audio recorder to the bottom of his wheelchair and caught them scolding him about drooling, among other things.
You drooled on the paper,” a male’s voice, allegedly that of teacher’s aide Drew Faircloth, could be heard saying impatiently. “That’s disgusting.”
“Keep your mouth closed and don’t drool on my paper,” a woman’s voice said, allegedly teacher Alicia Brown. “I do not want to touch your drool. Do you understand that? Obviously, you don’t.”
Over the three days of recordings, Salinas said Jose received about 20 minutes of actual instruction and spent almost the entire day sitting in silence with no one speaking to him.
This cannot be excused. There simply is NO excuse for this. Scold him in a snotty way for something he cannot help, then all but abandon him when he is in your care? I can imagine all sorts of treatments for this kind of behavior, none of them pleasant. But the kicker? They got slaps on the wrist.
Salinas took the recordings to the school board and the teachers were put on administrative leave. But last Friday, the teachers were back at school.
By Monday, the teachers were back on paid administrative leave, and on April 9 the school board will meet to decide what further action to take.
Great. Treat a kid with cerebral palsy like dirt, and get paid time off, recalled, then more paid time off when those idiot parents had the nerve to continue complaining. What do you want to bet a teacher’s union is behind this? Paid time off is not the right response. This is a formal hearing, followed by a swift termination.
And they wonder why parents are reluctant to acknowledge and acquiesce to the “authority” of the educational establishment?
The behavior of these teachers is beyond reprehensible. Parents have every reasonable expectation that when they entrust any child, let alone THIS child
to the schools, that they will not be mistreated or abused. These teachers cannot be trusted to fulfill their professional duties, and should instead be cleaning the johns at the nearest truck stop.
*Red Curtain Of Blood