Whilst catching up on my feeds yesterday, I came across a disturbing article (disturbing because of the appalling events it reported) from my friend and fellow blogger, Lottie. The piece tells of the treatment received by a kindergarten pupil, Alex Barton.
Alex is five years old and is in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome — a high functioning form of autism. A child with what is described as “disiplinary” issues, he was recently “voted out” of his class by his fellow pupils, at the instigation of his sorry excuse for a teacher.
Whatever behaviour problems the little boy might have, there is no excuse for someone in a position of authority and acting in loco parentis to resort to what can only be described as one of the cruelest acts of victimisation I’ve heard of in a good while. He’s a child — a child with what seems to be a very real and diagnosable disability.
Shame on you, Miss Portillo.
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