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Did a teacher try to sicken an autistic student?

Posted Apr 05 2010 10:12pm

That is the question posed by a lawsuit, discussed in Lawsuit: Ind. teacher tried to sicken autistic boy . The student is autistic. He is also allergic to peanuts. The allegation is that the teacher offered the child a candy bar with peanuts in order to sicken the child enough that he wouldn’t go on a field trip. The teacher was allegedly afraid that the child would likely misbehave on the trip:

The mother of an 8-year-old autistic boy with severe peanut allergies said Friday that an Indianapolis teacher gave her son a peanut-filled candy bar in hopes of making him sick so he wouldn’t go on a field trip.

A lawsuit filed by the boy’s mother, Anita Young, alleges that special education teacher Trinda Barocas told a classroom aide that the boy would likely misbehave and “maybe he could be sick enough not to attend and we won’t have to deal with it.” Young said her son, Jacob, who is mostly nonverbal, gets hives and experiences swelling if he merely touches peanuts.

The child is a picky eater and didn’t recognize the candy, so he didn’t eat it.

The parent found out when classroom aides brought it to her attention:

Officials at Mary Bryan Elementary School in Indianapolis contacted Young in March after classroom aides reported that Barocas mistreated the boy, who was 7 at the time, and another child.

The teacher is no longer employed at the school.

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