I know. I don’t do that a lot.
When I was pregnant with Myriah, I met a lot of fantastic people on a parenting/pregnancy forum. I still talk to some occasionally. The kids are all huge now, I have no idea when that happened.
Some of those kids are autistic.
If you don’t know much about autism, I suggest you read some things. There are a TON of stereotypes out there about it that are just WRONG. I can tell you that I, personally, met one of these kids and he stole my heart. He’s amazing in every way possible. I’ve talked about him. You can read his story here.
His mother is a brilliant writer. She has a way with words that I could only dream of having.
She also hardly wears pants but, to be honest, most days I don’t, either.
And then, this happened.
It enraged me. A lot. I personally haven’t been on the journey that Kristy and Logan have been on, so I can’t honestly 100% feel the way that they do. I know that, and I’m not claiming to. But seriously guy? As if your “music” didn’t suck enough, you’re really showing your true colors. And it’s ridiculous.
And then? Then I saw this on Facebook. And I became even more outraged.
This is from another mother that I met while pregnant. Her son also has autism. He was supposed to be in the care of a teacher SPECIFICALLY set to work with children that learn a little differently than others. That teacher was supposed to understand that these kids have some triggers, sometimes can’t get the words out that they want to, but are still so effing intelligent that they can comprehend everything in their surroundings. Autism isn’t something that holds them back. Autism shows them a view of the world that others aren’t lucky enough to see.
But the fact that a TEACHER is hurting a CHILD? That’s wrong. Just so very wrong.
A teacher is supposed to be someone a child can confide in. Remember back in the days of grade school when we were encouraged to talk to our teachers if something was wrong? Apparently, our kids don’t have that luxury. Nope. They open their mouth with the high risk of being hit, bullied, or God knows what else.
And the worst part? No one is sharing their story.
Well I am.
The media needs to start writing about this. Not about what the Kardashians are doing this weekend. Not about how Tom and Katie’s divorce is going. No. Those stories are a dime a dozen. Let’s get the REAL story out for the world to see. They need to see it. They need to hear it.
We all need to take a stand on this. It can just as easily be you getting the phone call.