Texas Mom's ‘heart Just Sank' When She Read About Teachers Making Fun of Her Dyslexic Son

Five Amarillo ISD employees were placed on leave after a Facebook post alleged they had a “disgusting” and “disturbing” conversation about students with disabilities, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.And now a woman who says her son was their main target is speaking out.Angela Hartfelder's 10-year-old son, a fifth-grader, has dyslexia, ADHD, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and two types of dysgraphia, a learning disability that makes writing difficult. "Initially I started to bypass it [the Facebook post], and then I saw the pictures and I recognized every one of them because those were all my son's teachers," Hartfelder told the Globe-News. "As I was reading the post, my heart just sank with every line."The Facebook post, by a user named Jason Goodlife, says he overheard the five women talking at a restaurant about a child and his mother, including what would happen if the boy “went on a killing spree in 20 years."The teachers predicted that people would blame them for not doing a better job with the child, and they also compared text messages they received from the boy's mother, the post alleged."As they shared, they laughed and cut up about the mother and the child both," the post said. "Laugh that the mother should be taking better care of her child at home before sending him to school for them to deal with." They talked about another child and his parents as well and made "fun of the children with disabilities," the post alleged. Five employees were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the alleged remarks, Amarillo ISD spokeswoman Holly Shelton said. The district also released a statement addressing the issue:"Upon learning of the social media postings last week, AISD began an internal investigation into the allegations. Our district has clear expectations of professionalism from our staff. We hold our employees to the highest standards for confidentially of student information and appreciate our parents who partner with us in the education of their students. Because this matter concerns students and district personnel, we cannot release further information."  Continue reading...

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