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Your Views: Milton principal's actions disturbing in incident with autistic child

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March 15, 2014

There is something wrong when an adult uses violence to subdue a child. There is something even more wrong when that person is an educator and the child is disabled.

No matter what provoked the young man with autism, he has an established neurologically involved disability. The principal, as the leader of her school, should have been trained to handle children with disabilities (“Principal going on leave, retiring,” Page 3A, Tuesday). I don't believe that any of the preferred methods would dictate that she stand on his legs and yell at him.

I am a mother of an autistic son. I know how trying the behavior of autistic children can be. But they have no choice—they unfortunately react to situations in ways we don't always understand.

It is imperative that people in charge of our children relate to them with care and understanding. That is even more important when it concerns children with disabilities. They can't speak for themselves.

I can't help but be disturbed by these events and the attitude that seems to be dismissing the nature of an adult retaliating against a disabled child.

KATHY BRICKMAN

Janesville



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