Second teacher fired after school staff caught mocking autistic child in audio recording
BATON ROUGE - The Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy terminated a second teacher following a WBRZ Investigative Unit report that showed two teachers mocking a special needs student.
Camden Davis' parents said he began wetting the bed and getting aggressive, but couldn't verbalize what was going on due to his severe Autism, according to his family. So, his mom decided to place a recorder in his backpack and what it captured was truly alarming. Milissa Davis' attorney, Charlotte McGehee said that was done after attempts to rectify the situation with the principal fell on deaf ears.
"She already had issues," McGehee said. "I would like to address where my son is seated, that my son has had a behavior change. None of those issues were addressed prior to her going and getting the evidence of abuse that was going on with her child."
That's when the mom published the recordings to social media and the Investigative Unit told her story. One teacher was fired when the recording first surfaced, and the other was let go within the last 48 hours.
Following the WBRZ Investigative Unit picking up the story, it went viral and has sparked national outrage.
Principal Linda Stone said, “This is incredibly unfortunate, and we sincerely apologize to the family. We continue to welcome a meeting with the family.”
Stone called the feedback they’ve received “horrible.” She said changes are coming. An open forum meeting is scheduled with the parents of kids at the school, and outside training will be held for the employees as a result of what the recording showed.
As for Davis, she transferred her son to a different school. Although, he's doing better she says he still is having residual impacts from the abuse.
Davis wanted to thank everyone for the support they've shown her family.
"Thank you Baton Rouge for everything you did," Davis said. "People see these children need to be protected, and I was protecting my child because I knew things were going wrong."