While yes there are two sides to every story, Wendy Portillo Told Melissa Barton directly what she had done To Alex that day. and while this story is verry much about Alex and his Ties to The now Up in Arms Autism Community. I did Actaully Respond to the artical xxXRandomGirlXxx is my user name if you would like to confirm this .. My corncern is not just merely for Alex , I am also Horrified by what his "Typically Developing" class mates were asked to participate in , which in my opinion was just shy of a public stonning of this child . and YES had this incident happend to a " typically developing child" I would still be horrified .. I don't know how things are done in Florida but here we have anti bullying laws and I'm Sorry but as I see it What Wendy Portillo did was bully that poor child and instruct her students to take part in it! you mentioned her exemplary
record of teaching .. I also read other examples of her teaching capabilities and dedication to her students which to me indicates that she was taking Alex's behavioural Issues Personally and hence sought to Punish him for them By Tramatizing Him . So witch hunt Indeed. burn her at the stake. The lesson she taught her other students that day was one of intollerence to Strudents with Special needs, the lesson she has taught the Autism community is to fear for the safty of our children when seeking Education programing for our children.
as for Teacher comments .. Alex is in the begining Stages of Diagnosis it takes time to decide what he is capable of and untill that is decided and supports are put in place he is of course going to have behavioral issues.. so condone taking it out on this child ?? not likely .. blame the child and his mother ? .. not likely .. and I'm positive if it were possible to place our "specially abled" children in Special classes we all would.. even if that means to single them out, when we want to teach them to adapt and belong to learn to function apporopriately learning from participaiting with their Typically developing classmates. yes our children are disruptive at times, believe me it happens in the home too if the teachers want to complain about having Dissruptive speacial needs kids in their classrooms they should complain to the goverment for not providing enough supports in the classroom to help Teachers Cope with the Disturbences caused by Our Specialy Abled Children not seek to dis-include our children from classrooms..
This incident has given Question to many aspects of education .. but as we all look at it from our own points the main theme is lost .. What Wendy Portillo saw as fitting punishment was cruel and YES Emotinally abusive.. And I personally will seek to have her terminaited from ever teaching again
I personally would not want her encouraging my Typically developing children to bully a Special needs individual to teach them intolorence and I certainly would not want her to be able to inflict her abusive behaviour upon my Autistic son.
And Believe me I say this very regretably as I did read what an Exceptional Teacher she was, fundraising , extracaricular activities.. for the typically developing student she appears to be a dream come true.. but not being able to maintain composure at the defiance and behavioural issues of a five year old Special needs child and snaping and behaving in such Questionable manner, I'm going to have to side with the lynch mob if not termination at the very least she should be forced to attend one of the various seminars going on in canada this summer on how to educate and disciplan Autistic Students.
I have an Autistic Son Anthony, For Alex to cry over this and cry that "he is not special" someone quite obviously had to Have Also Told him that he was not " special" in retort of his being "specially abled" along with "disgusting" and " annoying" I don't know how much or little you know about the Autism Spectrum Disorders but these children have a very hard time with social interaction as is , because of their behaviours which they can't always control .. their self esteem is already low.. it's hard for them to make friends because the have these complusive behavoiurs and sometimes say inapropriate things. so I assume that since Wendy Portillo was aware that Alex was in the diagnosis stages , she would also be aware of what I have just told you , which is why this issue is very sensitive to the autism community , also why to me This seems very likely that she just completely lost her composure and delibertly took her fustraition out on Alex she wanted to hurt him .
thank you for your time .
Roxxy.this story has me so freakin furious i could scream . so obviously this teacher enjoys educating , I feel bad for her, but what she did was beyond cruel and thus she should be made accountable for her actions.