Warning! This is a rant.
I've learned so much about people since I started blogging. All kinds of people. I feel incredibly blessed to know such a diverse group of people. In my eyes, they are all special.
That's why it saddens me to hear a story like the one I read today on Asperger Square 8 about Alex. Alex doesn't feel very special because his teacher had the class take a vote, and they voted him out of the class, 14-2. Alex is five years old and in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger's.
It is appalling that a child would be treated like this. I have had quite enough of the reality show mentality that seems to pervade our society. What message are we sending the next generation when we "vote out" a student because he is considered "disgusting and annoying?" This is on a par with teens beating up their peers to make a popular YouTube video. What next, gladiatorial games at recess?
I've learned a lot about Asperger's from the blog Shard by Shard. momof3feistykids, if you're listening, could you provide a link to the video with the teen talking about Asperger's? I couldn't find it.
Alex, you are a special kid. No child should have to go through what you did.
Update: It has come to my attention that there have been some hateful comments and campaigns regarding the teacher in this incident. I am saddened again. Intolerance is not an effective tool to bring about change. I want remind everyone who reads my blog to stop and think before you act, lest you become what makes you angry. My belief is that by educating we can help people understand the differences that make each of us special. If we decide to hang the teacher involved, we are showing as much consideration for her as she did for Alex. For any who were offended by links I've provided, I do apologize. It was my intent to inform, because ignoring these issues only empowers them. I see this as an opportunity to grow. I am still looking for the video about the Asperger's teen to link for you. If anyone knows this video please pass the link.
Update 2: I've found the link. The video is called In My Mind.