Everybody doesn’t need a trophy:
A fifth-grader with autism was given a troubling award from his special education teacher. Why the student's parents want an apology, next on NBC 5 at 4 p.m: https://t.co/GBRMfzdyLI pic.twitter.com/z5H0x83s2c
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We send our kids off to school and hope that the adults there will be capable of not screwing them up for eight hours a day.
The anxieties the parents of special needs children must be even greater but, hey, there are teachers who are trained for that, right?
A Gary father is expressing disbelief this week after his fifth-grader, who is autistic, was given a trophy dubbing him the “most annoying male” for the school year.
Rick Castejon said the award was given to his 11-year-old son at a fifth-grade awards luncheon for Bailly Preparatory Academy students last month by a special education teacher in front of students, parents and the school’s principal Carlita Royal.
“We were blindsided. We just weren’t expecting it,” Castejon said. “As a principal or teacher, you should never let this happen to any student.”
An official confirmed that the incident is true and extended “deepest apologies to the impacted student, the family and anyone else who take offense to this unfortunate occurrence.”
The teacher involved is apparently clueless:
Not wanting to create a scene, the father said he tried to leave the award on a table at the Golden Corral at the end of the lunch, but was approached by his son’s teacher reminding him not to forget the trophy. He said the teacher acted as if she were trying to play the incident off like a funny joke.
A FOIA request was filed to determine the teacher’s employment status because the school isn’t making that information public.