Clarksburg, WV – Parents were stunned about the treatment of a 6-year-old boy during a Thanksgiving play at the Nutter Fort Primary School on Tuesday. Caleb, a child with high functioning autism looked forward to the school play, where he was to dress like a turkey and say his favorite lines of, “gobble, gobble”.
As Caleb’s big moment came Caleb approached the microphone. Just as he reached to grab onto the microphone stand to say his lines, a female teacher grabbed the microphone and walked away. Caleb began to say Gobble then cried out “no”. Caleb cried for a moment, walked over to the teacher to attempted to explain that he still had lines to do.
He then walked back to the microphone, but the teacher did not replace the microphone into the stand. A different teacher signaled for him to exit the stage. “I left in tears because one teacher Mrs. Lindsey, I think her name is, grabbed the microphone from Caleb in a mean way,” said Amanda Riddle. “My son is a little different I know this, but his heart is so big and he loves everyone.”
School district officials told WDTV Channel 5 News that the incident was a mistake that was not done out of malice. Still viewers all over the United States have many reactions, most being angry at the teacher and sad for the child.
WDTV Channel 5 Interview with the Superintendent of Harrison County Schools
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