Saturday, December 24, 2011

Autistic third-grader put into a duffel bag by school officials, mom says

The Kentucky mother of an autistic third-grader said she found him outside his classroom stuffed in a duffel bag with the drawstring pulled tight — because he misbehaved.

Sandra Baker said she heard her son, Christopher Baker, calling out to her from inside the bag when she arrived at the school on Dec. 14.

“He was treated like trash and thrown in the hallway,” she told The Associated Press.

The bag was tied so tight that Baker said when she demanded her child be released from the bag, a teacher’s aide struggled for a moment to get him out.

“When I got him out of the bag, his poor little eyes were as big as half dollars and he was sweating,” she told the AP. “I tried to talk to him and get his side of the reason they put him in there, and he said it was because he wouldn’t do his work.”

She told Lex18-TV that her son was upset all night after the incident.

“He was to himself, went to his room, was in there all night, didn’t communicate with anybody,” she said. more