Teacher Humiliates Autistic Kid By Making Him Sit in Cardboard Box

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cardboard boxThis just in from the bad teacher files: a teacher put a cardboard box around the seat of an autistic child and labeled it the "bad kid fort." Oh, but she didn't want to embarrass the child! At least not according to the principal who is faced with cleaning up this rather embarrassing mess for her school district.

Principal Pam Goots says the bad kid box put around a Parkersburg High School student was "bad judgment," but she insists this wasn't meant to humiliate the child. All right, I'll bite.

What did she think was going to happen? What could be the other options? Hmmm?

I'm not coming up with any, how about you?

The kid was going to be made a spectacle in front of his entire class and absolutely no one would notice? In a world where we have a bona fide bullying epidemic, this would just be ignored?

Uh huh. And the word gullible is in the dictionary, right?

The denial is infuriating here -- almost as much as the actual "bad kid fort" incident -- because teachers are supposed to be on a kid's side, any kid's side.

But this child in particular has Asperger's syndrome. That should have set off a warning bell in this teacher's head, reminding her that this kid needs a tad bit more protection, could use a tad bit more compassion. An average of 62 percent of the kids on the spectrum report that they're bullied at least once a week in school. Once a WEEK, people.

If we can't even get the teachers to stop singling them out, how are we going to get cruel kids to get the hint?

Do you buy this educator's excuse or was this straight up meant to humiliate this child?


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nonmember avatar Guest

Do you honestly belive that by giving this boy special treatment you are going to prevent bullying!? Last time I checked that's not exactly how bullying works lady. Oh and the title is complete BS he wasn't sitting in a box (you're implying he was picked up and dumped in a box). I'll agree that the goal was probably behavior modification through humiliation which was a crappy thing for her to do and she should change tactics but pointing out that he had aspergers seems pretty irrelevant. As for getting bullied once a week...What kid DOESN'T get bullied once a week?!

nonmember avatar meghan

CafeMom, PLEASE for the love of god learn about People First Language if you're going to talk about autism this much. Even when you're siding with the person with autism, you sound degrading and rude when you say "autistic kid."

The appropriate way to discuss disabilities is to avoid the label. That's what People First Language is.

Autistic kid = bad

Kid with autism = good

Disabled person = bad

Person with a disability = good

Handicapped teenager = bad

Teenager with a handicap = good

You get it from there, I hope. Those are just the basics but I hope you educate youselves a little bit because you come off sounding disrespectful.

nonmember avatar Sem

Get over it. Anytime a kid acts like a brat nowadays everyone is expected to ignore them or someone uses a disability as an excuse. This never would've been acceptable when I was a kid. We had consequences for our actions and we were made an example of.

nonmember avatar Anonymous

Oh, geez, there is nothing wrong with using the word autistic. Autism is very much a part of who the kids I work with are. To say it needs to be separate from the person, or person first is implying that being autistic is wrong or bad, and its not. It is just different. Would you say a smart person ir a person with intelligence? Probably not, because there is nothing wrong with being intelligent. There is also nothing wrong with being autistic.

tuffy... tuffymama

Poor kid. I love homeschooling.

tuffy... tuffymama

I'm not a white person! I'm a person with melanin deficient skin, damn it!


nonmember avatar meghan

I not only work with kids with autism, but I'm also friends with a lot of people with all sorts of disabilities and whether or not I think autism is a "bad" thing, society tends to.

Now, it is a part of who they are but it is not WHO they are. Its simply a respectful way of describing or referring to anyone with a disability. Try, idk, researching it before you throw it right out the window on your high horse over there.

nonmember avatar Rosy

Thank you Meghan! As the mother of a child with a form of autism, I never refer to him as "my autistic kid", it's "my child with autism" because his disability is not who he is, it is just something he has. So in response to "he's autistic "- no he's a boy who also happens to have a form of autism.

nonmember avatar Anonymous

I have researched it a little bit. In fact, I've researched it a lot. You can, too. Check out the Autism Self Advocacy Network. Most adults who are autistic who advocate wear their "label" with pride. I agree there is a negative stigma attached to autism. That will only change if autistic people proudly step up and demand acceptance and don't hide behind PC labels and argue over semantics. Instead of people first language, how about we stop trying to speak for those who can speak for themselves? A lot of autistic people can, and they don't need us bickering over labels, or correcting authors who have good intentions. They need us to just accept them. Period.

nonmember avatar Anonymous

Also, Meghan, I believe the "high horse" term would accurately describe the condescending comment you originally wrote to the author. I get that you're passionate, and I can appreciate that, but you do nothing to help your argument when you are like that. The author has good intentions.

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