Many children with autism are schooled in public or private school systems. Parents and guardians hand their precious children over to trained professionals every day so that those children can learn, socialize, and experience typical daily life.
But because many of these autistic children are not able to fully communicate, we cannot hear the experiences they endure. And then we get reports like this one, on September 18, 2019. In it, a middle-school student in Kentucky was seen on video being dragged down a hallway by adults; they were kicking him.
Here’s the video of the incident.
Given the rate of incidents we find on video, we can extrapolate that this probably happens to MANY children around the world who can’t speak for themselves. If this happened to verbal children, those children would go home and tell their parents. There’s a “witness” to speak up. But with non-verbal children, what are they going to do? They can’t report the situation. And the teachers just get more and more used to doing it.
I used to be against cameras in schools. But the more that I see this happening, the more I think we do need cameras in schools. The vulnerable amongst us deserve protection and safety.
Image of school desk sourced from Pixabay / artist macdeedle