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Granton Area School District: Remove James Voss from his teaching position

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James Voss has harrassed an autistic student in his classroom, and refused to right many wrongs done to this student that they have tried to report. By Wisconsin law, "Wis. Stat. 118.13 Pupil discrimination prohibited," this is illegal. Illegality aside, this treatment of this student is wrong and must be stopped.

List of grievances:

- As a substitute teacher to a 4th grade class, James Voss called the person in question “fat” and told them they “shouldn’t eat their snack because they didn’t need it.”

- In the person’s junior year, a few students told the person in question that they were a bad clarinet player. Upon reporting it to James Voss, saying they were trying as hard as they could, the person in question was told that “that’s not bullying,” and was turned away.

- The person in question returned to school after a week of recovery following the removal of wisdom teeth, with their mouth still very sore. They asked to sit out of rehearsal that day, due to the pain that would be caused by playing the clarinet, and were told by James Voss to “suck it up.”

- Multiple incidents occurred with the two other clarinet players, criticizing the person in question on their playing and asking them “why the person was even in band.” The person in question did not know the piece well and they were trying as hard as they could. These incidents were ignored by James Voss. Again, the person was told, “that’s not bullying.”

- When the person in question was to participate in the assessment, “Solo and Ensemble,” they were given the pieces by James Voss upon request. However, when the person in question asked to receive help from the teacher in mastering the piece, the person in question was ignored by James Voss, and he went on to help other students who were already doing well on their pieces. The student in question struggled, and had to pull out of Solo and Ensemble - an assessment which presents awards to students who perform well alone, or in a group.

- When the person in question requested to join the jazz band on their clarinet, they were turned away by James Voss.

- Before Marching Band season, the person in question wished to try out for the position of Majorette or Drum Major. James Voss told them they could not.

- On another day, before Marching Band season, the person in question tried to try out for a position on the Colorguard. Again, the person in question was told they could not try out, by James Voss.

- During the Marching Band season, when the band was given a new exercise to do, the person in question was struggling with it. When the person in question requested help, James Voss ignored their request, told them they could do it, and went on to run the exercise again.

- On the way inside from a Marching Band rehearsal, a student attempted to trip the person in question. When the person in question attempted to report it, James Voss ignored the attempt.

- A few students hid in the band locker room in an attempt to jump out and scare the person in question. Although James Voss knew of this attempt, he did not warn the person in question. The person in question was thankfully warned by others, but when James Voss saw it, he reportedly simply looked at the students and laughed.

- The person in question was speaking with another student in the class, and the student seemed to be upset. (She was not upset at all, upon later findings.) James Voss, knowing fully well the diagnosis of autism in the person in question, called out from across the room with the person’s name and the words, “What’s wrong with you? Can’t you read social cues?”

- When the person in question felt that they could not handle the situation in the classroom anymore, they refused to go to the class. James Voss told the person in question that they were handling the situation in an immature and wrong way.

The person in question felt that they had to give up band now, for their senior year.



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