A video has surfaced showing a young Michigan boy with Asperger Syndrome stuck in a chair at school. Now that it has been revealed that the boy’s teacher was the one that captured the footage on her cell phone, she is now facing tenure charges and could be fired.
The video shows the unidentified 10-year-old boy with special needs stuck in a chair while the teacher films and taunts him. At one point, a male voice is heard in the background also teasing the boy, and it’s been revealed that the voice belongs to the school principal Michael Ellis. The teacher Nicole McVey emailed the video to her colleagues, and eventually, school administrators saw it. Ellis wound up resigning as principal, and now, McVey may be fired.
"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 Patrick Greenfelder, the attorney representing the boy’s family.
McVey asks the boy if he wants to be tasered while he is struggling to figure out a way to squeeze out of the chair, and this comment outraged many. Other parents who defend her, however, say that the term “taser” refers to taking the two pointer fingers and moving them in a tickling motion along the child’s side in a playful way in order to get the child to focus. Still, the boy’s parents are not happy with the use of that phrase, especially in a stressful situation like that.
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In the video, when McVey tells the boy that maintenance is on their way to get him out, Principal Ellis’s voice can be heard saying, “It’s not really an emergency in their book.”
Many people in the Goodrich community have been quick to defend McVey’s actions and say that she meant to harm.
"I know she is supported by the community, the other teachers, the staff, I have learned a lot from her and I support her fully," said Leanne Ruediger, a substitute teacher at the school. “I believe that Nicole's intentions and motivations are always in the right place.”
The boy’s parents say they are discouraged by the amount of negative comments their child has received as a result of the incident, saying that he, "is now labeled as a disturbance to the other ‘normal’ children in his class. Our son did nothing wrong, but yet this seems to be another case of blaming the victim."
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The school board has not commented on this matter or where they are at with filing tenure charges against McVey.