Bullying incidents of those with Special Needs incite controversy

Bullying has always been a serious problem in American schools and neighborhoods, especially for those with special-needs. In many ways, our culture seems to be evolving into a more tolerant society, as more states are legalizing gay marriage, and schools across the country are taking pledges to eradicate bullying.
Unfortunately, weโ€™ve not come as far as weโ€™d hoped, as evidenced by two disturbing news stories during the past week.
A high school sophomore at South Fayette High School in McDonald. PA, who is diagnosed with delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder, was charged with illegal wiretapping after he used his I-Pad to record a vicious incident of bullying. โ€œThe audio file records a student saying, โ€œYou should pull his pants down!โ€ Another student replies, โ€œNo man. Imagine how bad that c**t smells! No one wants to smell that t**t,โ€ as the teacher is helping the victim with a math problem, according to benswann.com. One bully even hit him over the head with a book, despite the teacherโ€™s previous reprimands.โ€
A loud sound is heard on the recording, then the teacherโ€™s reprimand, to which the student replies, โ€œWhat, I was just trying to scare him!โ€ Laughter from a group of boys follows.
When the student reported the incident to Principal Scott Milburn, his response was to call the local police and have the student charged with illegal wiretapping.

If you only do one good deed in your life time…There is a petition at Change.org calling for Milburn to be fired, please sign and show your support for this Special needs boy and all others like him.

Another disturbing story did not occur at school, but rather at the home of an Ohio family who had a long-running feud with a neighbor. Sixty-two year-old Edmund Aviv was sentenced to stand at a street corner with a sign saying,

โ€œI AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.โ€

This punishment is in response to a long-running feud with neighbor Sandra Prugh, who has two adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Her husband suffers from dementia, and her son is paralyzed.
According to court records, Aviv is accused of calling her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spitting on her several times, regularly throwing dog feces on the windshield of her sonโ€™s car and once on a wheelchair ramp. He also hooked up kerosene to a fan, which he blew towards the victimโ€™s house in retaliation for an โ€œannoyingโ€ smell that he claims was coming out of her dryer vent.
The judge also sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail, along with anger management classes and counseling. He was also required to write a letter of apology to Prughโ€™s family. He said,

โ€œI want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children. I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it.โ€

Perhaps the young men from South Fayette High should be given a similar consequence.
Autism Daily Newscast – April 16, 2014 by Laurel Joss

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2 thoughts on “Bullying incidents of those with Special Needs incite controversy

  1. When special needs kids are bullied it can leave them so much more disabled. Kids that normally could have eventually overcome their problems become backward cases and dependents on the state. I know because I was bullied into severe mental illness. Having disabilities is extremely stressful to begin with and being bullied is like a huge group of people working to make sure you will never make it.

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    • Should I be reading a message from this, you are actually describing my situation or is this a message from the guilty? Bullying is usually done by a individual or select few, a huge group is classified as “MOBBING” but you probably already new that tho. ๐Ÿ™‚

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