Teacher records autistic student stuck in chair, teases him

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by David Custer / WNEM

KREM.com

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 10:20 AM

GOODRICH, Michigan -- An autistic child got his head stuck in a classroom chair, but instead of helping, the teacher recorded it.

It's an issue that has a whole town talking.

It's video no parent wants to see -- an 11-year-old autistic child with his head stuck in a classroom chair.

His fifth-grade teacher, Nicole McVey, recording it on her cell phone while the entire class stood by.

You can hear the Oaktree Elementary teacher ask him if he wants to get Tasered and then the principal comes in referring to it not being an emergency -- that principal resigned after the incident.

Attorney Patrick Greenfelder was hired by the boy's family as the incident has sparked so much controversy in the community.

Greenfelder says the teacher is on paid administrative leave while private tenure hearings debating her future take place.

Late last year the school board voted to fire her.

Goodrich Superintendent Scott Bogner said "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 without seeing the video above -- and tonight at the Goodrich school board meeting parents continue to stick by her.

"She is very compassionate,” said one parent. “She has taught the children compassion. She has taught them how to accept others.”

"She loves the children. She would never jeopardize or bully anyone," said another parent. "There was no instance where that teacher bullied that student. Yes, she had a sense of humor and she tried to make light of the situation."

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