Teacher in U.S faces backlash after taking microphone from autistic boy at school play

A West Virginia teacher is facing criticism after grabbing a microphone from an autistic boy during a Thanksgiving Day-themed play.

A video of the incident is starting to go viral, garnering more than 109,000 views on YouTube since Amanda Riddle, the boy’s mother, posted it. The video shows children in costumes approach the microphone on stage to thank the audience and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. But when it comes time for Caleb Riddle, 6, to speak, a woman is seen yanking the mic from its stand.

Caleb’s mother Amanda wrote ” I was all excited to go to Caleb’s play everyone did a good job. I left in tears because one teacher Mrs. Linsey I think her name is grabbed the microphone from Caleb and in a mean way. My son is a little different I know this but his heart is so big and he loves everyone. What does it matter if he wanted to say gobble gobble he was the turkey after all. I’m sick of kids that are not considered “normal” be treated the way they are. Caleb I love you and you were a hell of a . Caleb has level one high functioning autism but that doesn’t get in his way of being a happy little 6year old boy. Please watch the video til the end that is where it happens and tell me what you think this was at Nutterfort Elementary School.”




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