Thursday, May 29, 2008

Another public school horror story

Another horror story from the halls of an American school, as a teacher demolishes a child's self-esteem in an act of sadism:

PORT ST. LUCIE — Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.

After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.

By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex — who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism — out of the class.

Melissa Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St. Lucie Department spokeswoman Michelle Steele said. But the state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed, Steele said.

The name of that teacher, once again, is Wendy Portillo. Her school e-mail address is

This story hits even closer to home for me as the child in question has Asperger's syndrome, which I also have. They tried to get me expelled in kindergarten, so this isn't surprisingly by any means, but it's still very depressing.

According to,
Morningside Elementary "is a public school in the city of Miami, Florida serving prekindergarten through the fifth grade." From my own personal experience of attending public schools, I believe the chances of Portillo being fired are very small. Teachers' unions are often so powerful and guidelines are so vague and limited that you can get away with next to anything aside from having sex with a student or stealing school property.
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