Special Needs Teacher Films Herself Mocking Autistic Student Stuck In Chair (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Michigan teacher still has a job after she filmed her herself mocking a 10-year-old student with Asperger’s syndrome who was stuck in a chair.

In the video, taken at Oaktree Elementary School in Goodrich in November, a student is stuck in his chair. Instead of helping, his fifth grade teacher Nicole McVey takes a video on her cell phone.

“Do you want to get Tasered?” McVey asks.

The boy was stuck in his chair for 10 to 15 minutes before a maintenance worker freed him.

The school principal, Michael Ellis, came to the classroom, but said the situation isn’t considered an emergency. Ellis has since resigned.

McVey was put on paid administrative leave and faces private tenure hearings.

In 2013, the school board voted to fire her, but much of the community rallied around McVey. That’s why the boy’s family decided to release the video.

"You hear of bullying by other students and other kids in class, I have had cases like this before, but I have never had a case with teachers and administrators bullying," said the student’s attorney Patrick Greenfelder.

Parents say McVey doesn’t really mean “Taser.” A “Taser” in her classroom refers to tickling.

"A taser means to take your two pointer fingers in a tickling motion in the side in order to distract or get a kid to focus on something else rather than a situation that's dangerous to him or to other people," said Goodrich parent Erin Raether.

While McVey argued the incident was a “teaching moment,” Greenfelder says the she distributed the video to friends, not just school staff. Greenfelder told KCTV 5 those actions were in direct violation Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. 

Sources: ABC 12, KCTV 5