I have to say that I don’t understand “mean.” As a kid I was teased a bit (and no, I ain’t sharing why), bullied a bit (not as bad as others), and came all to close to being abused by a neighbor (stopped at the last minute by his mom, actually, and I was too young to realize what was going on). I don’t really understand these situations, nor why people tease the disabled. It is just foreign to me. Is it fun to call someone a name? To be derogatory to someone on purpose? I really don’t get it.
By now, you probably know this story …
Dad wires up autistic son, 10, to expose ‘bullying’ by teaching staff
A father discovered staff at a school in New Jersey were “bullying” and using offensive language toward his 10-year-old autistic son after he fitted his child with a wire.
Stuart Chaifetz posted extracts of the recording on YouTube on April 20. He said the audio revealed staff members at Horace Mann Elementary School in Cherry Hill calling his son Akian a “bastard” and talking about vomiting that morning due to a hangover. …
Many of you sent me the story and I appreciate that. Yes, I have thought of wiring Pearlsky with a voice recorder when she goes to school, but in this state it is illegal, wiretapping actually, unless all parties know they are being recorded. I have considered putting a cell phone in her back and just listening, but I have not.
But why would teachers and aides in a special needs environment (especially there, but anywhere actually) say these things?
Psychologically many people put others down to, in effect, boost themselves up. But let’s face it, putting down the disabled is, or should be, in the putter-downer’s mind, lowering someone who is de facto already “lower” than you.
Yes, I know, kids are mean. I sort of get that. But teachers and aides? While working?
I just don’t get it. Never did. I may hate idiots, but mean people suck.