Mother Of Special Needs Student Angry At School's Negative Superlative Categories

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A Texas mother is upset at her 11-year-old son’s school after she learned teachers created negative-natured superlative categories that students were nominated for.

The mother, Carmel Harr, is especially upset because her autistic son Denis won two of the awards – one for most gullible, and another for biggest drama king.

“This is an age where they don’t need to have labels put on them,” she told KHOU.

Harr became aware of the awards when her son came home one day asking her what the word ‘gullible’ meant. It was then that she learned her son had been voted to receive the ill-natured award by his peers.

“They said they had chosen me for most gullible and drama king,” said Denis Harr. “I didn’t know what they meant. I thought they meant something bad that would make fun of you or something like that.”

“He had been chosen by a lot of kids because they wanted to see him get the award and cry,” Carmel Harr said.

Harr contacted her son’s school district and complained. Soon after, the school superintendent announced the award ceremony would be cancelled going forward.

Regardless, Harr still feels she and other parents are owed an apology, saying the superlative categories amounted to the school giving students “carte blanche” to be mean to their peers. 

Sources: KHOU, NY Daily News