Bullying from an Unlikely Source
by MoJo JoJo on April 21, 2015 - 12:06am
Unfortunately, It is never uncommon to hear about bullying occurring in schools. However, when an instructor is the oppressor, and a special needs student is the victim, people take notice. In the fall of 2011, a 15-year-old special needs student was the victim of bullying from his teacher. He faced countless verbal abuses and taunts. His parents, though skeptical at first, equipped their son with a camera to catch the teacher in the act of bullying. The footage he captured revealed countless abuses being made. A formal complaint was made and the school board took immediate action to prevent it from happening again.
Interestingly, this is not the first time such an incident has occurred. Bullying is simply another hurdle special needs students must overcome to be included in society. According to a study conducted by Penn State in 2010, students in special education systems were told by instructors not to report bullying incidents twice as often student in regular classes (Davis and Nixon, 2010). While the problem is observed in all spheres of the education system, special needs students are left to themselves without any support from instructors. This situation has to change to promote equality between all students.
This article, written by Bernice Garcia, was published on the Daily News website on November 18th,2011. To read more about this story follow this link:
The following is a link to the study mentioned above: