There are a number of disability blogs discussing this outrageous report of a kindergarten teacher in Florida named Wendy Portillo, who let her class humiliate a five-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. Here’s the brief version:
“After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn’t like about Barton’s 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.
By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex — who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism — out of the class.”
The mother has filed a complaint with the school resource officer and the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Bullying of disabled children by classmates is well known — bullying by teachers is outrageous and unacceptable. If you find this as disturbing as I do, take action and contact the administration at Morningside Kindergarten.
As per Historiann’s request, here is the teacher’s side of the story. Doesn’t really make her look any better, in my opinion.