After a friend sent me this article about Jose Salinas, I got on Amazon and started looking at Nanny Cams. I haven’t purchased one yet, just trying to get ideas of how to hide a camera on my son while he’s in school. I’m not much worried about things at home right now, since I’m always here, but reading this forced me to consider what might be happening at Jayden’s school.
This isn’t the first time I’ve considered a Nanny Cam. In his old school in Fayetteville, his teacher kept telling me how Jayden was choking and gagging on his food, yet that wasn’t happening at home. I couldn’t help but wonder why he’d choke and gag, or if the teachers were just too lazy to help him eat. He ended up going to a new school, one that had no problem doing THEIR JOB, so I never got the cam. Now, I wish I did.
All those times he’s cried when I dropped him off and I thought it was just separation anxiety or the typical “I don’t wanna go to school!” tantrum, I pray to God that’s all it was. He usually goes to school happy, and comes home happy, but what if….? All the teachers seem so sweet and nurturing… is it a front?
Why do I keep seeing such monstrosities with special needs kids at school? First it was Lakay Roberts being denied the use of her walker at school, which isn’t outright abuse, but definately WRONG, and now this. Oh wait. While I was reading more about Jose, I found this article about Akian, a ten year old austic son who was taunted by his teachers.
Jose’s teachers told him to “stop drooling” I’m sorry, Jayden drools rivers. He can’t help it. I’m working with a neurologist to help out with that, but it’s still not something he can control. He can’t help that he can’t talk, or crawl or walk either. I mean, do they really think these kids would continue to be non-verbal, drooling and non-ambulatory if they were able to be otherwise?
The teachers that abused the austic boy, Akian cursed at him, and called him a “bitch!” Really? Swearing at ANY child is unacceptable in my book, but when it’s a child that has special needs the wrongness of it is beyond what words can describe. I thought bullying was a problem amongst students, but it seems like there’s an increase of teachers being part of the problem.
It literally makes me sick to my stomach that adults can display such cruelty towards their students. It also scares the hell out of me.
Is there any particular reason people go to school, become teachers, then turn around and abuse the students? I know that every organization, whether it’s the military, the police department, social services, etc, has it’s share of crooked employees. I know that generally speaking the crooked employees are the exception, and not the rule. But when dealing with our children, our children who can’t tell us what’s happening when we are gone, we can’t afford these exceptions.
Looking at the pictures of Jose Salinas, sitting in his wheelchair with his ankle foot orthotics (AFOs), I couldn’t help but see Jayden and my heart broke. My imagination went wild and the images I conjured up brought more than a few tears to my eyes. Tears of sadness, but also, the kind of tears that only result from pure, righteous anger.
So how do I channel this righeteous anger in a productive way? How do I use it to help stop this madness? My first instinct is to simply deal out the ass-whooping of a life time to these teachers, but of course I know that’s not the answer. I know it sets a bad example for kids, etc. I’m just sayin’…. So what IS the answer? How should teachers, and other trusted adults in a child’s life be dealt with when they are caught engaging in less than trustworthy behavoir? Is there a way to make sure this doesn’t happen in the first place? Readers: Any thoughts on this?