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A fifth grader who has autism was given the “most annoying male” award during a school ceremony where his classmates, parents and the rest of the school was present.
According to the NW Times, Rick Castejon, the boy’s father, his 11 year old son was handed the Most Annoying Male award at a fifth grade awards luncheon by his special education teacher in front of the rest of the school.
“We were blindsided. We just weren’t expecting it,” Castejon said. “As a principal or teacher, you should never let this happen to any student.”
The school, Gary Community School, met with the family and the teacher involved and said disciplinary action was taken against the teacher.
(Editors aside, because I just can’t keep my mouth shut any longer… DISCIPLINARY ACTION? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? I need a whole lot more information than THAT.”
The school also released an official statement to the NW Times apologizing to the student and to the family.
“The Gary Community School Corporation does not condone this type of behavior and will continue to put the safety and well-being of our students first. We extend our deepest apologies to the impacted student, the family and anyone else who take offense to this unfortunate occurrence.”
The dad tried to leave the award on the table at the end of the luncheon, but the teacher jumped up and reminded him not to forget it. He said the teacher was acting like the whole thing was a “funny joke”
The boy is nonverbal, rocks back and forth on occasion, and can become easily emotional. All considered normal behaviors that a special needs educator should be more than equipped to deal with.
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