Special education teacher gives student with a.u.t.i.s.m award for ‘most annoying’
Special Education Teacher Awards A.u.t.i.s.m Award for “Most Annoying”
A fifth-grade student from Indiana received a “most irritating man” award from his teacher at a ceremony attended by classmates and teachers, according to the boy’s father.
Rick Castejon told the Times of Northwest Indiana that last month he attended the Bailly Preparatory Academy’s student awards ceremony at Gary’s when the special school teacher handed the trophy to his son from 11 years old.
At the bottom of the price were the words: “Bailly Preparatory Academy 2018-2019, Most Annoying Man”.
Castejon stated at the point of sale that other students, professors and the principal, Carlita Royal, were present at the ceremony. He said he had tried not to make a scene and leave the price on the table, but the teacher had stopped him and his son, and told them not to forget the trophy.
The Gary Community School Corporation told NBC affiliate WWLP: “On behalf of the district, an apology was presented to the family and disciplinary action was taken against the affected personnel.”
“We were blind, we just did not expect it,” Castejon told the point of sale. “As a principal or teacher, you should never let this happen to a student.”
Castejon said that his son was nonverbal, sometimes rocking and becoming emotional.
“We just do not want any other child to suffer,” Castejon told the newspaper. “It’s not because they have special needs that they feel nothing.”
Royal did not immediately return NBC News’s request for comment.
Castejon said he and his family were already planning to move to another city and that his son would not return to school next year.