Saturday, October 10, 2009
IN: Special Education Teacher Attempts to Give Autistic Child with Nut Allergy Candy Laced with Nuts
NOTE: This article retells how a special education teacher in an Indiana school knowingly and willingly attempted to give a non-verbal autistic child with a known nut allergy a piece of candy with nuts in it in the hopes he would be too ill to attend a school field trip. The article also recounts how this isn't the only incidence of abuse; a DCS report found "aides also claimed Barocas hit a 9-year-old girl with Down syndrome on the lips in an attempt to make her pull her tongue back into her mouth." She was also placed on administrative leave after a school nurse reported that this teacher attempted to force feed, slap and improperly restrain another disabled child; she was later cleared of any wrongdoing.