*At the bottom of the article is a phone number to call the school and request the firing of these two teachers. If what you read makes you want to act, please call the school.*
It takes a special person to be a teacher. One must be able to deal with other people’s children all day. That is a task this writer could never accomplish. It takes an even more patient and caring person to be a special education teacher. It seems that there a two teachers in Alabama who are not as caring or patient as one would expect. In fact, these two teachers taunted and mocked a young student in their care with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.
Jose Salinas is a 10-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy and attends fourth grade at Wicksburg High School in Alabama. His mother, Melisha, noticed that Jose seemed unhappy. He often came home from school sick and upset but would tell his mother he had a “good day” when she asked him about it. Melisha, a nursing student, took her son to a psychologist who told her it could be stress, it could be anxiety, but they weren’t too sure exactly what the problem was. Then Melisha had a chat with one of Jose’s classmates.
Jose’s classmate told Melisha that the teacher’s aide had been mean to Jose, not once, not twice, but three times that day.
Melisha attached a bugging device to her son’s wheelchair and left it there for three days. The following are quotes from the teacher and the teacher’s aide:
‘Why is my paper wet?’ a female teacher is heard demanding on the tape. ‘Look at me and answer. That’s not an answer. That’s not even a word.’
‘Do you seen anybody else at this table drooling? Then, stop,’ she said. ‘You have got drool all over your face and it is gross.’
‘You drooled on the paper,’ a male’s voice, allegedly that of teacher’s aide Drew Faircloth, can be heard saying. ‘That’s disgusting.’
‘Keep your mouth closed and don’t drool on my paper,’ a woman’s voice identified as Alicia Brown is heard saying.’I do not want to touch your drool. Do you understand that? Obviously, you don’t.’
If you listen to the video attached you can hear Jose Selinas get slapped.
Melisha played the tape for the school board and the teachers were placed on administrative leave. It seemed like her son’s life could return to a semblance of normalcy. Sadly, that was not the case. Within days the teachers were returned to their positions.
Melisha took the tapes to a local newspaper and the teachers were placed on leave again pending a hearing. The school board is meeting on April 9, 2012 to decide what action should be taken against the teachers.
Wicksburg High School only has 925 students in its entire KG-12 student body and only 51 teachers. In such a small setting, good teachers are important and also affordable. In fact, the entire fourth grade only has 89 students enrolled (fourth grade is actually their largest grade, eleventh grade at Wicksburg High School is 48 students). The School’s phone number is (334)-692-5549 id you care to call and tell them how you feel about the behavior of Drew Faircloth and Alicia Brown.