Special education teacher’s Facebook post calls autistic child a ‘hot mess …

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News from San Jose Mercury News:

A special-education teacher in the Torrance Unified School District has been removed from the classroom after infuriating parents with a Facebook post saying she was about to enter a meeting with “crazy parents” to discuss an autistic student whom the teacher describes as a “hot mess.”

The teacher, Suzanne Hutton, said she was looking forward to ”hitting happy hour” after work.

Hutton led a class of seven children with autism at Howard Wood Elementary School. The swiftness with which the district took action in her case underscores how quickly a social-media blunder can backfire in an age where every private person has a public platform.

The Facebook posting by Torrance special education teacher Suzanne Hutton.

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News from Los Angeles Times:

On a slightly chilly December morning a group of small children stand in a playground at the El Centrito Family Learning Center and learn some new dance moves.

They wiggle their fingers, shake their hands and nod their heads to the beat of the music on the instructions of their teacher, Sonia Marroquin, as some smiling parents watch and supervise the group.

It’s all part of the day’s hands-on lesson: to learn body parts through dance.

The children and their parents are part of the Family Literacy Cooperative at El Centrito, which allows parents to attend adult school to learn English while leaving their children in a cooperative preschool environment.

The parents attend adult school four days a week and are required to help at the preschool a fifth day. Through a rotation of parents, there is always at least one parent around to help the teacher in each class, where the children learn socializing skills as well as daily lessons.

The program, which runs from August to June, serves 24 children ages 2 to 3 and their mostly Spanish-speaking parents, who attend classes two blocks away at the Oxnard Adult School.

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