This week's Asshat goes to Florida kindergarten teacher Wendy Portillo!
Since I've been tied up with other things, I haven't been checking the news very frequently. The ABFH sent me a link to this article, suggesting an Asshat be awarded. She's kept up with the story in more detail at her blog.
Portillo is the kindergarten teacher who made a young boy (who was in the midst of the tedious process of getting an autism diagnosis) stand in front of the class and instructed the other 5-year-olds to tell him what they didn't like about him. And then had them "vote him out of the class" Survivor-style.
What in the???? Lord of the Flies would be more accurate, in my opinion.
Since this story broke, in the wake of hundreds of emails, the school district has suspended Portillo from contact with students until they can investigate.
Teachers often aren't given any special training to deal with autistic students until a child in their class has been identified as having a disability, said Bill Tomlinson, the district's director of special education.
So freaking what? When would that behavior be appropriate any where? With ANY student? It wouldn't.
Grrrrr. Somebody needs to vote that megalomaniac into another career. Preferably one with adults who wouldn't hesitate to break a foot off in her ass if she attempted to pull that crap with someone who wasn't a 5-year-old.