Teachers from two Chicago schools 'bullied a special-needs student, 11, relentlessly, calling him "stupid" and "dirty," before he attempted to hang himself and was left with permanent brain damage,' lawsuit claims | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Teachers from two Chicago schools 'bullied a special-needs student, 11, relentlessly, calling him "stupid" and "dirty," before he attempted to hang himself and was left with permanent brain damage,' lawsuit claims

Teachers from two elementary schools in Chicago relentlessly bullied an 11-year-old boy with special needs, calling him names and even physically assaulting him, before he attempted to take his own life, according to a lawsuit filed by the child's mother.

Jamari Dent in February tried to hang himself in his bedroom after suffering for more than a year at the hands of both his classmates and teachers, his mother, Teirra Black, said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Medics were able to save the boy's life, but his suicide attempt left him with permanent brain damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wept when I read this.

If this kind of behaviour, on the part of both teachers and their students, is the US's "New Normal" for public schools toward their special needs students, then God help us!!!!

In my world, a society is only at is greatest heights, when it treats its most delicate, needful members, with absolute compassion, and kindness.

And this is precisely what special needs kids crave. I know this because many years ago, my first job out of college, was with a private care home, and I was hired as their music therapist. I didn't have the credentials, but the owner looked at me, and said that she believed I could think on my feet, and do a great job.

I would have music sessions with the kids, and used stories and games, as a way of gently try bringing them just a little out of their limitations, as much as possible.

I remember one kid, a fraternal twin, named Alonzo, who was deeply autistic, wheelchair bound, and not able to communicate, save with guttural cries, which gave us no clue about what he was experiencing.

I was partnered with him, to get him to be able to feed himself. I watched my predecessor try to do this, and I was immediately struck with the reality; the kid was a southpaw, and the teacher was forcing him to try to eat with his right hand. It took months, but finally, left handed, the kid could finally feed himself; and I remember very gently stroking his shoulders, and saying, very quietly, "Great work, Alonzo, good job!!" To most kids, this would be a minor issue, but for Alonzo, it was an Herculean leap. Kindness and consistency can really help these kids attain what potential might be still possible to develop.

But IF proven guilty, these teachers should be stripped from the profession, and never allowed to teach again, ever, anywhere, period, end of discussion, because this is child abuse writ large, and has absolutely no place in any public educational institutions.

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