Autistic Student “Voted Out” by Kindergarten Classmates

A mother in Port St. Lucie, FL is outraged and considering legal action after her son’s kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.

The student, Alex Barton is being evaluated for autism.

However Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo, felt it was appropriate to have Alex’s classmates say what they didn’t like about 5-year-old Alex. The teacher then had the students vote Alex out of class by a 14-2 margin.

Hmmm – sounds kind of like Survivor doesn’t it? Of course I wouldn’t know first hand, because I’ve never watched one episode…ever.

Alex’s mother, Melissa Barton, filed a complaint with Morningside’s school resource officer. The school spokeswoman, Janice Karst, said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment.


The state attorney’s office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed. 

Yeah, but it meets my standard of – My God, I can’t believe how much of an ignoramous you are!

This teacher should be flogged.

As a parent of two special needs kids, there are some things you don’t do. One of those things is – you don’t try to start your own half-ass reality show in your classroom. Here’s another, kindergarten classrooms aren’t Democractic forums. They are places where little children glue cotton balls on paper rabbits and learn how to interact with others (I’m a teacher by the way).

This is just another sad example of a low intellect, under-qualified, ignorant teacher trying to pass herself off as an educator. She’d be better off parking herself in front of the boob tube, and devoting the rest of her useless days as a Nielson rater for brain-dead re-tread reality T.V.

Her actions were disgusting and outrageous. She should be fired immediately, or at the very least, buried up to her neck in frog shit for three days.

I ask Wendy Portillo this – What did your students learn that day?????

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6 responses to “Autistic Student “Voted Out” by Kindergarten Classmates

  1. I think it would be a tragedy for any kid, autistic or otherwise.
    Best wishes

  2. Maddy,

    I agree. This type of conduct by a teacher is deplorable. The community as a whole should demend immediate and swift action so this type of non-sense can be avoided in the future.

  3. As an educator and adult who endured a similar form of “disclipine” in elemenatry school, I’m absolutely outraged. What was she thinking?

    It is one thing to send a student to another teacher’s room to remove them from a situaiton but to expell the child that is absurd.

  4. TheDeeZone,

    I agree, but please understand, the teacher had the students throw the autistic boy out! She didn’t even have the where-with-all to do it herself!!! Not that the latter is anymore acceptable. She is a world class fool.

  5. I know she didn’t send the student to another room. She left him to find his own place to go. Which is unacceptable. I can’t figure out what wasn’t going through her brain at the time.

    It is one thing to send a student to another teacher’s room to remove them from a situation.

    Sending a student to another classroom for various reasons is acceptable when used properly. Of course most of the time I used this practice it was short term and involved a test. Although on occasion I have sent a student to another room to remove them from a difficult situation. The student that I used this with the most had anger management issues. He and I had agreement that when he was having problems, he would give me a signal and then go to a designated classroom. This is quite different from what that person did to Alex.

  6. Dan McHugh

    What is wrong with this world? What is wrong with our own country. I have Aspergers and I can tell you it is a epidemic. When I see kind of abuse it brought back really bad memories of my own time spent in public schools. I was so sad after seeing this little fella. There are many people including me that are fighting so this doesn’t happen. It’s just cruel.

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