Boston Teacher Placed on (Paid) Leave Following Abuse of Autistic Child
Posted May 01 2012 12:00am
We need a Memorial Day for American boys, girls, men and women with autism. This abuse and disregard and anger toward our loved ones simply must stop. And thank you to the military men and women who are raising children on the spectrum.
May 26, 2012 BOSTON - The mother of an autistic boy said she is outraged at the treatment her 4-year-old son received at the Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, while state investigators are looking into allegations of abuse by a teacher there.
Michelle Whitlow said her son, Deshaun, was abused at the school and called the decision by the school not to directly inform her "outrageous."
Deshaun's teacher was reported by other teachers for aggressively handling the boy and four other children on May 1, according to state investigators.
Whitlow said the school's principal never called her.
Three weeks later, Whitlow received a letter from the state Department of Children and Families supporting the allegations of physical abuse of Deshaun and the other children.
However, she said no one has told her exactly what happened.
"I am afraid someone might do something to him and he can't come home and say who hurt him. That's my biggest fear. He can't tell me if somebody did something to him," she said.
Whitlow has since transferred her son to another school.
The Boston School Department would only confirm the teacher is on paid leave.