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Autistic Boy Goes To School With A Hidden Recorder In Backpack, Two Teachers Get Fired
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Autistic Boy Goes To School With A Hidden Recorder In Backpack, Two Teachers Get Fired

12-year-old Camden Davis, from Baton Rogue, Louisiana, had been attending the Hope Academy since last year. The academy specializes in teaching special needs students, and according to its website promotes “inclusion, encouragement, positive relationships and recognition of student accomplishment.”

Camden is severely autistic, and his mother Milissa had enrolled him at Hope Academy in the hope of giving him a supportive and understanding environment where he could learn at his own pace. However, she began to notice increased signs of distress in Camden after coming home from school and instinctively knew that something was wrong.

So one day, she decided to place a recording device in his backpack to get an idea of what might be causing his unhappiness, as he was unable to vocalize it himself. It’s fair to say that she was shocked with what she found. Camden was being bullied. Not by classmates or kids in the playground, but by the specially trained teachers who were supposed to support him.

“I’m sad and heart broken that this happened to Camden,” Milissa told Bored Panda. “I am his biggest advocate and his biggest fighter for justice. No child should have to have this happen to them. I brought this to light because I wanted my son to be the last kid that this happened to at this school. This is happening all over the world, and people need to learn to accept kids and adults with Autism. They have a light in them that shines so bright.”

Camden is at a new school and his new teacher has a degree in special ed, Applied Behavior Analysis, and a minor in psychology, so he is being well treated now. However, he still suffers some effects from his experience. “He still is having severe anxiety and wetting the bed,” Milissa told us. “He had not wet the bed since he was 3.”

“Bullying is terrible when it’s kids-on-kids. But it’s so much worse when it’s adults picking on your child.”

Scroll below to see how the story unfolded.

This is Camden, a 12-year-old from Louisiana who attended the Hope Academy, a special school for kids like him with autism

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

His mother Milissa wanted him to get a supportive and understanding environment where he could learn at his own pace

Image credits: Milissa Davis

So she felt extremely lucky when Camden was accepted to the school

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

Which is known for good conditions for students with special needs

Image credits: Google Maps

But she noticed that the usually cheerful and happy boy was distressed. He got aggressive and would frequently wet the bed

Image credits: Milissa Davis

The concerned mom tried talking to the school board, but she got nothing

Image credits: Milissa Davis

In her desperation, Milissa came up with a plan

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

She hid a recording device in her son’s backpack

Image credits: Spy Equipment UK (not an actual photo)

And the things teachers were saying to Camden left her in shock

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

The next day she took the recordings to the school board, which kicked off a chain reaction

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

The school’s principal, Lisa Stone, had to act quickly and fired the two teachers heard in the recordings

Image credits: WBRZ Channel 2

Here are the actual recordings that got the internet boiling with fury

Milissa pulled Camden out of the school immediately and has sought legal advice. Her social media post about the incident went viral but has since been removed, while the teachers involved appear to have been fired from the school. Hope Academy’s principal, Linda Stone, released this statement about the incident:

“On March 23, 2018, a recording posted to social media was brought to our attention. Apparently, a parent sent a student to school with a recording device in his/her backpack. The recording appears to be a compilation of audio clips, many of which involve private conversations between two adults with no other persons/children present. The recording contains regretful conversations between these adults.
The parent never brought the recording to the attention of Hope Academy before posting it on social media. The parent has also refused to meet with Hope Academy to discuss the actions we have taken to address the issue. The persons involved in the communications are either no longer with the school or will no longer be with the school after this semester.
Over these many years, Hope Academy has built a strong reputation for competently serving the educational needs of the special needs community. These recordings are not an indication of who we are. We ask that the community not let the actions of two persons reflect on the reputation of and the mission of our school-a mission we have tried so hard to build. We again extend an invitation to meet with the parent involved to discuss this incident further.”

Here’s what people had to say about it

 

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Maci Wilcox
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4 years ago

I'm a 7th grader and even I can tell that these teachers are awful. One of my best friends is autistic, and he is the smartest person I know and would be very offended if someone said those things to him. I also help in the special needs classroom at my school, and they are some of the nicest kids in the entire building. I'm hoping to grow up to become a special education teacher, and I'll definitely be nicer than these teachers! I'm really glad that they both got fired!

Anne Reid
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4 years ago

I wish those teachers were more like you! You have a big heart, Maci. Don’t let anyone change that. We need more people like you in the world.

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Bella Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Does anyone feel reminded of Ms Trunchbal for Matilda and how she became a Headmistress! this is a real-life example of her :(

just a thought!
Community Member
4 years ago

Exactly ! Can't believe there are real teachers like that. If they don't enjoy interacting with children then they shouldn't teach at all.

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Asia
Community Member
4 years ago

It only takes a second to say something harmful, yet healing after that takes years...

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Maci Wilcox
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm a 7th grader and even I can tell that these teachers are awful. One of my best friends is autistic, and he is the smartest person I know and would be very offended if someone said those things to him. I also help in the special needs classroom at my school, and they are some of the nicest kids in the entire building. I'm hoping to grow up to become a special education teacher, and I'll definitely be nicer than these teachers! I'm really glad that they both got fired!

Anne Reid
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish those teachers were more like you! You have a big heart, Maci. Don’t let anyone change that. We need more people like you in the world.

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Bella Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Does anyone feel reminded of Ms Trunchbal for Matilda and how she became a Headmistress! this is a real-life example of her :(

just a thought!
Community Member
4 years ago

Exactly ! Can't believe there are real teachers like that. If they don't enjoy interacting with children then they shouldn't teach at all.

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Asia
Community Member
4 years ago

It only takes a second to say something harmful, yet healing after that takes years...

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