This is not something I intended to use this blog to do, but right now I feel it's necessary, and I have a duty to spread the word.
On December 14, a young boy (9 years old) in Mercer County, KY, was forced by his teachers into a duffel bag and the drawstring pulled tight for upwards of 20 minutes before his mother found him, in the bag, in the hallway outside his classroom. This young boy happens to be autistic and this was being used as a form of discipline because he was misbehaving in the classroom.
I know ... I'm the parent of 2 autistic children, and my attention is often drawn to stories like this. But I don't care that he was autistic -- this is NOT an appropriate way to treat a 9 year old student in a public school, much less when the action is performed by a TEACHER. According to the article on Yahoo! News, the official statement that was provided by the interim Superintendent of Schools included, "The employees of the Mercer County Public Schools are qualified professionals who treat students with respect and dignity while providing a safe and nurturing learning environment."
Christopher Baker was NOT treated with respect nor dignity. Nor was there a safe and nurturing learning environment present in that classroom if this is how their students are treated.
If you agree with me and feel that this cannot be allowed to continue in an American Public School, please consider signing the online petition on change.org.
Please note -- these opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Germantown Patch.