Teacher uses her cell phone to record autistic boy stuck in chair

Oaktree Elementary School, Goodrich, Michigan – when an 11 year old boy with autism got his head stuck in a classroom chair, instead of the teacher helping him, she decided to record it on her cell phone. The incident happened last November. The WNEM article states that officials say the teacher, Nicole Mcvey, recorded the incident on her cell phone as the rest of the 5th Grade class watched. On the recording you can hear the teacher ask the child if he wants to get tasered and then the principal enters the room and refers to it not being an emergency. The principal resigned shortly after. Patrick Greenfelder who was hired by the boy’s family says the teacher is on paid administrative leave while private tenure hearings debating her future take place. Late last year the board voted to fire her. Goodrich Superintendent Scott Bogner issued this statement.

“Under Michigan’s tenure law, that teacher has a right to a private hearing of any charges against her. The district is obligated to respect that right and will not discuss specifics of this case.”

Greenfielder says the incident happened in November and the community has rallied behind the teacher but without seeing the video recording. At the Goodrich school board meeting, parents continued to support her. The article reports that they were told that the boy was stuck in the chair for roughly ten to fifteen minutes. His parents’ attorney says they are considering a lawsuit against the school district. The original article by David Custer along with the accompanying video can be found on the WNEM website here


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