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Two Louisiana teachers fired after mocking autistic student in audio recording during class

Friday, 22 October 2021


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Two teachers from Louisiana have been fired for making fun of a severely autistic student.

An audio clip captured the Hope Academy faculty members, who have not been named, apparently mocking and making inappropriate comments about Camden Davis, 12.

The boy's mother, Milissa Davis, sent her son to school with a recording device in his backpack after he became aggressive at home and wet the bed, WBRZ reported.

She then heard the teacher and the teacher's assistant taunting the young boy.

'You're just writing the word. What is hard about it?' an adult can be heard saying as the boy grunted in response. The adult then imitated the noise. 

The teacher then said: 'Camden, why don't you have anything written down? That's why you can't sit with everyone. Tell your momma that.'

An adult could also be heard saying, 'Let's see what they do with him in f***ing public school. He was going to go to Live Oak Middle. Uh ah, he wouldn't make it for a minute.'

Davis she was devastated by what she heard. '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.' 

Davis has hired attorney Charlotte McGehee because of the situation and plans to file complaints with the Department of Education.

'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,' she said.

Principal Linda Stone said, 'This is incredibly unfortunate, and we sincerely apologize to the family. We continue to welcome a meeting with the family.'

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of conditions related to brain development, including autism and Asperger's syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

People with autism may have difficulty picking up on social cues and perform repetitive behaviors, the organization says.

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