Autistic 5th Grader Presented With “Most Annoying” Award at School

DAMN!…..Talk about insensitive!

source: Yahoo Lifestyle

A school in Gary, Indiana, has issued a public apology after one of its teachers presented a trophy for “most annoying male” to an 11-year-old fifth grader with autism.

Rick Castejon told The Times of Northwest Indiana that he was in shock when his son was given the award at an annual end-of-year luncheon on May 23 in front of an audience of parents, students and faculty from the boy’s school, Bailly Preparatory Academy.

Castejon said he tried to let the incident slide, but when he intentionally left the trophy on the table upon leaving the event at the Golden Corral in Merrillville, Ind., the boy’s special education teacher stopped him. She reminded him to take the prize with him and attempted to play it off as a joke.

“We were blindsided. We just weren’t expecting it.”

Rick Castejon

He said that throughout the school year, teachers had been calling the couple with concerns about their son’s conduct. Because of his autism, the boy is nonverbal, his dad said, and he tends to rock back and forth and become emotional. But the parents expected more appropriate behavior from special education professionals.

“They called me all the time if he didn’t want to work, would cry or would have a breakdown,” said Castejon. “A special needs education teacher should know how to handle these things … As a principal or teacher, you should never let this happen to any student.”

Rick Castejon

Most Annoying Award goes to…….

Calamity Jane