A teacher and a teacher’s aide were recorded while mocking an autistic 12-year-old boy at Hope Academy school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March.
Hope Academy claims that it specializes in students who have learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome, ADHD, down syndrome, cognitive disabilities, and dyslexia, notes WBRZ.
Milissa Davis placed an audio recording device in her son Camden’s book sack when he started having behavioral problems at home.
WBRZ transcribed some of the recording of the educators mocking Camden:
ADULT: “You’re just writing the word. What is hard about it?”
STUDENT: grunting noise.
ADULT: mocks noise
ADULT: “Camden, why don’t you have anything written down? That’s why you can’t sit with everyone. Tell your momma that.”
ADULT: “Let’s see what they do with him in f****** public school. He was going to go to Live Oak Middle. Uh ah, he wouldn’t make it for a minute.”
Davis told WBRZ how she was stunned by the recording of the educators mocking her special needs son at school:
I just wanted to cry, scream and do everything I could because it was so bad. To think that I had sent my son there every day, and what had happened before, that I didn’t know about…
If they’re special needs, look at the situation as to why your child is acting that way, because no child deserves to go through what my child did.
Davis hired an attorney, Charlotte McGehee, who is going to file complaints with the Department of Education and research legal remedies.
Hope Academy fired one of the employees, but is keeping the other on until summer break.
Hope Academy Principal Linda Stone told WBRZ to turn their camera off when the news station asked for a comment.
After dodging questions from WBRZ, Stone released a statement that appeared to blame the boy’s mother:
The parent never brought the recording to the attention of Hope Academy before posting it to social media. The parent has also refused to meet with Hope Academy to discuss the actions we have taken to address the issue. The persons involved in the communications are either no longer with the school or will no longer be with the school after this semester.
The school refused to say why one of the employees is still on the payroll until the summer.