Teachers Caught Mocking Boy With ADHD & His Mom Is Calling Them Out

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Angela Hartfelder/Facebook

When we send our children off to school every day, we do so comfortably with the knowledge that they are being educated and cared for by teachers who work hard to help them. It is difficult to imagine that teachers who are meant to be guiding our children might actually think and speak disturbing things about them. One mother had to face this difficult reality after she came across a viral Facebook post that claimed school teachers were publicly mocking her son for his ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.


Jason Goodlife claims he was in a local restaurant when he overheard five teachers negatively discussing a student and his mother. According to Goodlife, the teachers began trading text messages they had received from the child's mom. "As they shared, they laughed and cut up about the mother and the child both," he wrote in a post on Facebook. "[They] laughed that the mother should be taking better care of her child at home before sending him to school for them to deal with."

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The teachers also made disturbing jokes about the student's "future." "They proceeded to talk about what would happen when he went on a killing spree in 20 years," the post read. "They laughed and cut up about how people were going to talk about them and why the teachers and school board members didn't do anything to help this child better."

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Angela Hartfelder/Facebook

Almost overnight, Goodlife's Facebook post went viral, gaining over 3,000 shares. While scrolling through her feed, Angela Hartfelder came across the post and realized the teachers were talking about her and her 10-year-old son. "Initially, I started to bypass [the Facebook post], and then I saw the pictures and I recognized every one of them because those were all my son's teachers," she told Amarillo Globe News. "As I was reading the post, my heart just sank with every line."

Hartfelder's son is a fifth grader who has ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia (a learning disability that makes it difficult to write), and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. In her own Facebook post, Hartfelder shared her anger at the teacher's actions. "If they feel this way about children with learning disabilities then none of them should be teaching. I can't even imagine how my son would feel if he knew this is the way they feel about him," she wrote. 

Following the outrage over the incident, Holly Shelton, a spokesperson for the Amarillo Independent School District (AISD), told the Amarillo Globe News that all five of the teachers involved had been placed on administrative leave pending a formal investigation. 

Shelton also released a formal statement from the district that read: 

"Upon learning of the social media postings last week, AISD began an internal investigation into the allegations. Our district has clear expectations of professionalism from our staff. We hold our employees to the highest standards for confidentially of student information and appreciate our parents who partner with us in the education of their students. Because this matter concerns students and district personnel, we cannot release further information."

Hartfelder says she got in touch with officials from the district, and while she hopes that they will "do the right thing," she also mentioned she was "cautiously optimistic" about the district's ability to handle the situation. She said she and her husband are considering making alternative educational changes to ensure their son's safety and success. 

"My husband and I feel like we cannot trust them with our child," she explained to the paper. "If all of them come back and are put back in the same positions they were in then we would probably have to look at moving him."

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The mother also says she and her family are doing their best to shield their son from the realities of what occurred with his teachers. "What do you say? Your teachers are having some consequences because they were saying some bad things about you? I can't tell my 10-year-old that."

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