A teacher in North Carolina is coming under fire after allegedly using hot sauce to discipline an autistic student, and now, the child’s mother is calling for the educator to be fired.
According to reports, a teacher at Weddington Hills Elementary School in Concord, North Carolina put hot sauce on an 11-year-old non-verbal autistic boy’s fingers to stop him from digging in his nose. The principal reportedly discovered the teacher putting hot sauce on young MJ’s fingers on October 7 and even discovered a bottle of the sauce in the classroom.
“She was reported of putting hot sauce on DJ's fingers because he kept digging in his nose,” said Cindy Joseph, DJ’s mother. “She took advantage of him, and she needs to be held accountable.”
School officials recently confirmed that the teacher in question no longer works at their school after being suspended for a day following the incident and has since transferred to a different one, but Joseph doesn’t think that’s enough.
“I don't think she should be allowed to be teaching period, with any kids, whether they have a disability or no disability and she should not be allowed to have a license,” Joseph said. “I feel in my heart she doesn't need to teach period. She needs to be held accountable for her actions.”
Joseph says she may possibly file charges against the teacher.