9 Year Old Autistic Boy Stuffed into Gym Bag and Left in Hallway as Punishment

Page 1 of 3
#1
Source

(AP) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A 9-year-old autistic boy who misbehaved at school was stuffed into a duffel bag and the drawstring pulled tight, according to his mother, who said she found him wiggling inside as a teacher's aide stood by.

The mother of fourth-grader Christopher Baker said her son called out to her when she walked up to him in the bag Dec. 14. The case has spurred an online petition calling for the firing of school employees responsible.

"He was treated like trash and thrown in the hallway," Chris' mother, Sandra Baker, said Thursday. She did not know how exactly how long he had been in the bag, but probably not more than 20 minutes.

Mercer County schools Interim Superintendent Dennis Davis said confidentiality laws forbid him from commenting.

"The employees of the Mercer County Public Schools are qualified professionals who treat students with respect and dignity while providing a safe and nurturing learning environment," Davis said in a statement.

State education officials said they were investigating.

Chris is a student at Mercer County Intermediate School in Harrodsburg in central Kentucky. The day had barely begun when his family was called to the school because Chris was acting up. He is enrolled in a program for students with special needs.

Walking toward his classroom, Baker's mother saw the gym bag. There was a small hole at the top, she said, and she heard a familiar voice.

"Momma, is that you?" Chris said, according to his mother.

A teacher's aide was there, and Baker demanded that her son be released. At first, the aide struggled to undo the drawstring, but the boy was pulled out of the bag, which had some small balls inside and resembled a green Army duffel bag, Baker said.

"When I got him out of the bag, his poor little eyes were as big as half dollars and he was sweating," Baker said. "I tried to talk to him and get his side of the reason they put him in there, and he said it was because he wouldn't do his work."

Baker said when school officials called the family to pick him up, they were told he was "jumping off the walls." Days later, at a meeting with school officials, Baker said she was told the boy had smirked at the teacher when he was told to put down a basketball, then threw it across the room.

At a meeting with school district officials, the bag was described as a "therapy bag," Baker said, though she wasn't clear exactly what that meant. She said her son would sometimes be asked to roll over a bag filled with balls as a form of therapy, but she didn't know her son was being placed in the bag. She said school officials told her it was not the first time they had put him in the bag.

So far, almost 700 people have signed a petition on the website change.org. Lydia Brown, an autistic 18-year-old Georgetown University freshman from Boston, said she started it after reading a story about Chris.

"That would not be wrong just for an autistic student. That would be wrong to do to anyone," Brown said.

Advocates for the autistic were outraged.

Landon Bryce of San Jose, Calif., a former teacher who blogs about issues related to autism, said the school's treatment of Chris was "careless and disrespectful."

"A lot of the damage that we do to students with all kinds of disabilities is by treating them as though they deserve to be treated in a way that's different from other people," Bryce said.

Baker said she heard different accounts about her son's behavior that day.

Baker stopped short of calling for the dismissal of school employees, but she said they should be suspended. They also need more training, she said.

In Kentucky, there are no laws on using restraint or seclusion in public schools, according to documents on the state Department of Education's website.

A July letter from the state agency to special education directors said the state had investigated two informal complaints this year.

In one, "a student (was) nearly asphyxiated while being restrained," and in the other, a student vomited from panic attacks after spending most of an academic year "confined to a closet, with no ventilation or outside source of light," according to the letter.


I have no words.

EDIT:

Oh wait, I do.

I like St. Anger. Ridicule me, daddy
Quote by The_Blode
^ I'm sorry your highness I forgot that I'm subhuman. . .

Quote by ErikLensherr
Normani
Normani
Normies
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Last edited by zgr0826 at Dec 27, 2011,
#3
I just... I... huh.
You are now using UG Black.
You are now using UG Classic.


Listening to: The Police


Please excuse my proper spelling and grammar, English is one of my first languages.
#4
Quote by zgr0826
Source


I have no words.

EDIT:

Oh wait, I do.


I do.
Quote by SomeoneYouKnew
You should be careful what you say. Some asshole will probably sig it.

Quote by Axelfox
Yup, a girl went up to me in my fursuit one time.

Quote by Xiaoxi
I can fap to this. Keep going.
#5
Kentucky, where else... horrible anyways, I hope they don't get away with it.
████████████████████████████
███████████████████████████
█████████████████████████
██████████████████████████
███████████████████████████
███████████████████████████
███████████████████████████
███████████████████████████
#9
Im surprised at how calmly the mother seems to be taking that.
#10
Quote by JustRooster
I lol'd.

Dude. You're in Wisconsin.
Quote by SomeoneYouKnew
You should be careful what you say. Some asshole will probably sig it.

Quote by Axelfox
Yup, a girl went up to me in my fursuit one time.

Quote by Xiaoxi
I can fap to this. Keep going.
#11
Quote by JustRooster
I lol'd.


Same
Some people like cupcakes exclusively, while myself, I say there is naught nor ought there be nothing so exalted on the face of God's grey Earth as that prince of foods:



the muffin!
#12
1. Fire everyone involved
2. I sympathize with public school teachers who have to deal with kids with these kinds of disabilities. It must be frustrating as hell. No excuse for what happened here, though.
Check out my band Disturbed
#13
Hah. I'd beat their ass with a baseball bat if they put my kid in a duffel bag. That's all I have to say.
╘MESHUG╦G╗AH





Ibanez ARX 350
Dunlop 535Q
Ibanez TS9
Peavey TransTube Supreme
DRIVE Elite straight 412
#15
This is fucked. I hope that those assholes are fired. If I had it my way they would be thrown in a bag and left to deal with what that kid did. Fucking cunts.
Quote by L2112Lif
I put a ton of my capital into SW Airlines... The next day, THE NEXT DAY these nutters fly into the WTC. What the hell? Apparently no one wanted to fly anymore, and I was like "What gives? God damnit Osama, let me win a fuggin' game!"
#16
That's so disgusting. I hope they get fired and jailed. That's abuse!

"You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore"
#18
Quote by StewieSwan
1. Fire everyone involved
2. I sympathize with public school teachers who have to deal with kids with these kinds of disabilities. It must be frustrating as hell. No excuse for what happened here, though.

+1 to both
Quote by beadhangingOne
What happened to Snake?

Snake?

Snake?

SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE?!


Quote by TunerAddict
you can take my mouse and keyboard from my cold, slightly orange from cheetos, dead fingers


Quote by Baby Joel
Isis is amazing
#19
Quote by StewieSwan
1. Fire everyone involved
2. I sympathize with public school teachers who have to deal with kids with these kinds of disabilities. It must be frustrating as hell. No excuse for what happened here, though.

..
#21
Quote by metalblaster
''LOUISVILLE, Ky.'' ... Stopped reading....


Louisville is actually pretty northern in its culture.
I like St. Anger. Ridicule me, daddy
Quote by The_Blode
^ I'm sorry your highness I forgot that I'm subhuman. . .

Quote by ErikLensherr
Normani
Normani
Normies
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
#22
You want some more seeneyj hate? WELL YOU CAN'T HAVE IT

You're all a bunch of f*cking slaves! - Jim Morrison

UG Awards
1st: Biggest Ego
1st: Most Likely To Become Famous
1st: Most Pretentious User
#24
Quote by due 07
..



Oh, sorry, I forgot working with kids who throw things and refuse to co-operate is fun.
Check out my band Disturbed
#26
Quote by StewieSwan
Oh, sorry, I forgot working with kids who throw things and refuse to co-operate is fun.


Based off of the header on his post I think he was agreeing with you.
Quote by L2112Lif
I put a ton of my capital into SW Airlines... The next day, THE NEXT DAY these nutters fly into the WTC. What the hell? Apparently no one wanted to fly anymore, and I was like "What gives? God damnit Osama, let me win a fuggin' game!"
#27
"The employees of the Mercer County Public Schools are qualified professionals who treat students with respect and dignity while providing a safe and nurturing learning environment," Davis said in a statement.


Must be pretty high class duffel bags.
#28
Quote by captaincrunk
Had I been that 9 year old I probably would have ran away from the school.


How does one run when they're trapped in a bag?
Quote by L2112Lif
I put a ton of my capital into SW Airlines... The next day, THE NEXT DAY these nutters fly into the WTC. What the hell? Apparently no one wanted to fly anymore, and I was like "What gives? God damnit Osama, let me win a fuggin' game!"
#29
Quote by IRISH_PUNK13
How does one run when they're trapped in a bag?



Very poorly.
#30
Quote by IRISH_PUNK13
How does one run when they're trapped in a bag?



You don't.


You roll.
People in the pit take my post way too seriously.

MyAnimeList
7-String Legion

If you have a question PM me and I will always get back to you.
#32

^A safe and nurturing learning environment.
No muerde, no calla
Sin sangre no hay arte
Nada ni nadie
De nada más

#33
This article both infuriates me and makes me smile at the thought of a therapy bag.
#35
The part that bothers me the most is the bit at the end about one kid having panic attack after spending MOST OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR IN AN UNVENTILATED CLOSET.
#36
Quote by FrauVfromPoB
The part that bothers me the most is the bit at the end about one kid having panic attack after spending MOST OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR IN AN UNVENTILATED CLOSET.


This, that's a bit worse than a kid spending 20 minutes in a duffel bag no? That little bit almost makes it seem like something from the onion.
#37
Quote by SlayingDragons
This, that's a bit worse than a kid spending 20 minutes in a duffel bag no? That little bit almost makes it seem like something from the onion.


He's been put in the bag many times for extended periods before.
I like St. Anger. Ridicule me, daddy
Quote by The_Blode
^ I'm sorry your highness I forgot that I'm subhuman. . .

Quote by ErikLensherr
Normani
Normani
Normies
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
#38
Back when I was a kid he would have been thrown in a duffel bag, and beaten with a yardstick. And the mother would probably say he deserved it.
#40
It reminds me of my old therapy bag. I used to spend hours in it, struggling for breath and crying. Those were the days..

Was anyone else reminded of the time Rand was shoved into a box?
Page 1 of 3