July 28, 2018, Rochester (NY) First: Father speaks out about autistic son's alleged beating at school https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/father-speaks-out-about-autistic-son-s-alleged-beating-at-school/1330524039 LAS VEGAS, N.V. (KLAS-TV) - A father is speaking out after his autistic child was reportedly beaten by a special education teacher. Clark County School District Police arrested Melody Carter at Harmon Elementary School back in May after an aide accused her of hitting the 5-year-old with a stick. The child's father is now speaking out almost three months after the alleged incident. He is still very upset, especially because, he says, the teacher may get away with a slap on a wrist and his son is still traumatized…. A classroom aide told police she saw the special education teacher hit JJ about five times for taking his shoes off and only stopped after the last swing broke the stick. The aide recalls Carter saying, "I have more of those." Police found bruises on the child's legs…. Wahrer says JJ has been acting out more after the alleged abuse and cringes at the sight of anything that resembles a wooden pointer. "The bruises have healed. Mentally, we're not sure cause he can't tell us how he's doing," Wahrer said. …
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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