Two Teachers In Louisiana Have Been Fired For Mocking Boy, 12, With Autism

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A couple of teachers in Louisiana have been fired because they reportedly made fun of a student who has autism.

In an audio clip, faculty members of the Hope Academy purportedly mocked and made inappropriate comments about a 12-year-old student named Camden Davis.

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Melissa Davis, who is the student’s mother, sent her child to school with a recording device in his backpack.

According to local media, this allegedly happened because he was aggressive at home and also wet the bed.

Melissa heard a teacher—and then a teacher’s assistant—taunting her son.

An adult voice can be heard asking Camden what is hard about writing a word; when he grunted, an adult imitated the noise he made.

The adult voice then wondered why Camden did not have anything written down, and said that is why he could not sit with everyone. The teacher said he should tell his “momma that”.

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An adult voice could also be heard saying things about what might happen to the boy in public school. Foul language was used.

The boy’s mother was understandably devastated over what she had heard. She said that she wanted to cry and scream; she wanted to do everything she could because of just how bad it was. She was disturbed by the fact she sent her son there every day—and also disturbed by what transpired there.

Melissa Davis has hired an attorney as a result of the situation. She will be represented by Charlotte McGehee, and she intends to file one or more complaints with the Department of Education.

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Melissa said that no child deserves to go through what her child went through—if there are special needs, the situation needs to be examined.

Linda Stone, the principal, described the whole matter as “unfortunate”. She apologized to the family, and said that she welcomes a meeting with the family.

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As mentioned, the student who was criticized by the fired educators has autism—and he may have a severe case. The developmental disorder, which is characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, affects over 25 million people. It has no known cure, although there are claims that children have recovered from the condition.

Autism is four to five times more common in male children, and over one percent of children are diagnosed.

In addition to problems with social interaction, repetitive behaviors are a sign of autism—which is believed to be caused by several environmental and genetic factors. For example, it is believed that alcohol and cocaine use during pregnancy might result in an autistic child. Other possible causes include air pollution, prenatal stress, and cigarette smoking.

At the moment, there is no confirmed link between vaccines and autism. The alleged link may be due to the fact that autism symptoms tend to present around the time children are being routinely vaccinated. Current research suggests that autism arises very early in development.

Autism initially appears in infancy or early childhood. Those with autism may be considered impaired in certain respects, but they may also be superior in other ways. The most overt of symptoms tend to present after six months of age, and then tend to continue into adulthood.

As mentioned, repetitive behavior is a sign of autism. Head rolling and body rocking are two examples of repetitive behavior exhibited by those with autism. Compulsive behaviors are also a symptom. The actions, which are time-consuming, often reduce anxiety in the person with autism. Examples of compulsive behaviors include hand washing and putting things in a specific order.

Self-injury is actually common in those with autism. Hand-biting, head-banging, and eye-poking are common.

Other signs and symptoms of autism include ritualistic behavior and restricted interests. For example, a person with autism may be preoccupied with one television program.

Autism has no cure, but many with autism are prescribed medications to treat symptoms and improve quality of life.

For example, people with autism are often given antipsychotics and antidepressants. The antipsychotics are helpful in regard to treating the sleeplessness, irritability, and repetitive behavior associated with autism.

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Written by Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett is an award-winning reporter currently residing in one of the many suburbs of Philadelphia. In addition to working in journalism, he was worked in higher education and logistics. He is single, but does have a distracting little dog who keeps him from achieving maximum productivity.

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