The latest school horror story… a teacher’s aide in Massachusetts noticed that a student with autism was bothered by a loose tooth.
So she pulled it out
We pulled [the tooth] out today and had him checked by the nurse immediately after,” the teacher said in an email to the student’s mother. “He is fine. You will be receiving his tooth this afternoon when he arrives home. If you are bothered by us pulling his tooth, please let me know. I apologize for this in advance.”
The situation worsened when Chris came home and Grant realized they removed a molar instead of the loose tooth.
Now, the fact that she apparently managed to pull out the wrong tooth is troubling enough. But let’s get to to the heart of the matter here.
What possessed this woman to think removing a student’s tooth was an appropriate course of action? And how often have we seen these wildly inappropriate actions taken just because the student involved happens to have autism?