Today a girlfriend of mine, Brae, shared this on facebook. It’s a video about two Teachers who were caught on tape bullying a special-needs girl. It honestly makes me sick to my stomach to hear about this happening in the school system. I worked with special-needs students for years and can’t imagine ever doing anything to belittle or hurt them. The fact that these women thought that what they did was acceptable and that they would get away with it is beyond unethical.
These children are no different then you and I, just like us they need to be loved, respected, & nurtured. They need people to reassure them that they are no different and deserve to be treated correctly.. Not talked down to & verbally abused. Many of the students I worked with were absolutely brilliant & had hearts bigger then their bodies gave them credit for. I learned from them every single day and cherished the time we spent together. Those who do work with these kids need to realize the depth of the impact they have on them. Unlike many of us, they are extremely aware of the energy around them and are more sensitive to emotions then others. I believe that if you are willing to be patient with them they will react in a much more positive way. The first mistake people make is thinking ‘They don’t know what’s going on’, or that they do not know better.
It’s so important to listen to our children when anything seems a bit ‘off’ at school.. Often it isn’t anything, but sometimes we aren’t aware of what is really going on. I hope that this raises awareness and shows people that this is a big problem and needs to be taken care of. Please share this with your loved ones. If we turn the other away we are putting other children in harms way. For more information on what you can do to prevent bullying go here.