So today I read the follow-up to this horrible story. Alex's mother home-schooled him for first grade, and now in second grade he's on the honor roll in his private school. The evil teacher got a one-year unpaid suspension (which she unsuccessfully appealed), took away her tenure (which was later restored), and starting this November she will be back in the classroom under an annual contract.
Good for Alex, finally getting the education he deserves. But this whole story has angered me in ways I'm having trouble expressing. Stu summed it up best: he said, "I would have gone in and punched that teacher in the head."
But what's most upsetting to me is the mean, ignorant, hateful comments people wrote after the follow-up story. Of the 36 comments after this article, fully 18 were like this:
Why wasn’t the mom more pro active like sitting in class to keep him calm or making sure he wasn’t disrupting the whole class with his inablility to sit still or behave when he was going to public school a system already overloaded with troubled kids it took a private school to help him booo for the post keep bringing him and his lazy mother to our attention.or
Great the taxpayers are footing the bill for a kid that’s gonna end up on the dole eventually anyway. Might as well start ‘em young. Soon all the $$$ will be gone and we’ll be hunting each other like rats.or
Wonder who submitted this to the Post?? The mother is a media whore who will never let this die. There are many kids with his condition that make an “honor roll” somewhere. Why is he so special. Give me break. This will be on the 10pm news for sure with the proud mommy. Geezor my favorite:
Congratulations to the young man for getting good grades and all the hard work that went into it. However, you will certainly not hear me congratulating the mother. It took her long enough to do something about getting this child into the proper forum where he could learn. My son’s education has been disrupted time and again due to a special needs child in his public classroom. You know who has to come home from work and teach him what he missed in class that day because of the disruptions - yup - me! These parents that insist on mainstreaming their kids in the public school system are not helping them. It should be like it was a few years back - if you need special help or attention you go to a special class. This saves the child from embarrasment and ridicule and the other kids and teachers from costly distractions.Seriously?
Fuck you, you fucking ignorant, illiterate assholes who are raising the children that my baby will have to deal with someday.