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Watch: Teacher films autistic child stuck in chair

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

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

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, recorded it on her cell phone while the entire class stood by.

The Oaktree Elementary teacher can be heard asking the boy 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.

“He’s in clear distress stuck in this chair. And lack of compassion, then sending this video around and replaying it after the fact is indefensible,” said Jennifer Senish, a parent.

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 board voted to fire her.

Godrich superintendent Scott Bogner sent WNEM 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 teacher without seeing this video. 

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