Put cameras in special needs classrooms across the USA
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Put cameras in special needs classrooms across the USA

    1. Courtney Langello
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      Courtney Langello

      East Providence, RI

Too many children with special needs are being harmed physically and emotionally every school day.  I reported abuse in two different settings...one a private special needs school and one a public school. The private school told me I needed to "not worry so much" and at my review I was praised for bringing down my level of complaints. I realized I learned to sweep it under the rug like everyone else that worked there who was witnessing it. At the public school, I was fired at first for "breaking the chain of command" in reporting the abuse. I did not go to the principal because the teacher and her were close friends. I had a lawyer and later was "pinked slipped' instead. The teacher in question was tenured and I was not. It was easier to get rid of me instead. Some teachers called me and told me they just said during the investigtion that  it "wasn't a warm and fuzzy environment" trying to hint I was telling the truth as they did not want to get fired themselves. Well, not having a 'warm and fuzzy environment" wasn't enough to dismiss or further educate this teacher. I GOT SHUNNED AND DISMISSED FOR REPORTING MY MORAL, ETHICAL AND LEGAL OBLIGATION, WHILE SHE STILL WORKS THERE!  Please understand, I am a speech-language pathologist...I have numerous environments I can work in. These teacher's do not-making it very difficult to report cases of abuse/neglect!!  Also note, this is to protect teacher's as well. My 4 year old son now will be in a special education classroom. He fabricates stories. It is going to be very difficult for me to determine if what he is telling is truthful or not as he can be quite convincing and if I wasn't with him at the time, I would have thought he was telling the truth.

 

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    • barbara jansma LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      I have a child in a special needs school

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    • Karen Warreen BAY CITY, MI
      • over 1 year ago

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    • Kathy Fair SIMI VALLEY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      My daughter is a non verbal Special needs child, going to public school. She CAN'T tell us if someone abuses her.

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    • sheila hoffard ANOKA, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      i have 2 special needs kids that went to school one was molested by another student in the bathroom within the class room was told by another parent/teacher not the school

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    • Linda McCleary LAKESIDE, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Teachers are the biggest bullies in any school that has bullying going on. Of course it isn't all teachers, and I doubt if it's even a majority but even one is too many. This crap goes on in every age/grade/ability level, but the special needs children are the easiest targets.

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