Friday, May 22, 2009

GA: Outrage and Action Over Autistic Child's Alleged Abuse

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Ferrari family's attorney seeks sit-down meeting with Atlanta Public Schools -- CLICK HERE to read the memo.

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(PART TWO)ATLANTA -- There's outrage over 11Alive's investigation of the story of an 11-year-old boy with Autism -- a judge said the boy was injured at school by an adult. The reaction received in the 11Alive Newsroom after the story aired Monday night has been unprecedented -- and people are demanding answers from the system that educated 11-year-old Stefan Ferrari.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Metro North officials announced they had removed Stefan Ferrari's teacher from the classroom. Sherri Jones admitted in a courtroom to talking about sex and drinking in front of the children.

Judge John Gatto, a judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings, found that Stefan was physically abused by an adult at his school last October.

* CLICK HERE to read Judge Gatto's ruling.

Stefan, an Atlanta Public Schools student, attended the facility in DeKalb County that is run by Metro North, a state agency. After coming home with unexplained injuries, Stefan's mother sewed a microphone into his shirt and sent him to school on October 21. On the same day that Jones was removed, Atlanta school officials -- who refused to comment on the story for almost two months -- were ready to talk.

* CLICK HERE to read the full text of the letter to executive director of Metropolitan Regional Educational Services, Dr. Fran Davis Perkins* CLICK HERE to read the full text of the letter to the state deputy superintendent of standards, instruction and assessment, Dr. Martha Reichrath

"I'm angry, horrified and disgusted about what happened to the young man at North Metro," said Atlanta Public School deputy superintendent Kathy Augustine in an interview with 11Alive's Jaye Watson. "I know he and his family have been treated badly."

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