The parents, Kent Squires and Amanda Riddle, had been excited to watch Caleb, their son, perform in a Thanksgiving play at his school, Nutter Fort Primary. His line was “Gobble gobble,” but before he could say it, the teacher took the mic away from him.
Here’s what Squires had to say on social media:
“This is my little boy in his thanksgiving play he is the last kid and has level one high functioning autism he has the biggest heart and always happy now watch it and see what a teacher of kids does to him he has came home from school and said he gets to say gobble gobble cause he was playing the Turkey. I am reaching out to see if something can be don’t.”
Meanwhile Riddle was left crying.
“I was all excited to go to Caleb’s play everyone did a good job. I left in tears because one teacher grabbed the microphone from Caleb and in a mean way.”
“My son is a little different I know this but his heart is so big and he loves everyone. What does it matter if he wanted to say ‘gobble gobble,’ he was the turkey.”
This video has gone viral and many are outraged at the teacher’s actions.
Here’s some of the comments:
“As a parent of children in Harrison County schools, I am horrified by that woman’s behavior. Not only did she crunch that sweet child’s heart by doing that, but she is showing the other students that kind of behavior is OK. It isn’t OK at all.
“While I do not know the child or his family, I am part of his community. I can not stand to think that people can treat our children that way.
I have already emailed the superintendent. I hope something can be done.”