The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square, Thursday, March 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
I’m sharing this story with you all for a couple of reasons.
First, the behavior of the teachers in this story offends me as both a parent and an educator beyond words. It is reprehensible in every sense of the word, and the mother of the special needs girl deserved some sort of justice.
A mother was concerned that her special needs child did not want to go to school any longer, so she put a recording device in her hair. The result was eight horrifying hours of audio, where INSTRUCTORS at the school were mocking, insulting, and straight-up bullying her child.
You can read the full story here, and I suggest you do because this isn’t limited to just one school. This is way more of an epidemic in the public school system than anyone wants to admit, because many teachers come in ill-prepared to work with special needs students while others straight-up refuse to.
The second reason I’m sharing this story is because Facebook suspended TheBlaze from posting videos and slashed their reach because, according to the social media overlords, the story is “clickbait”. Their suspension for this “clickbait” is four days – four days of cutting a website’s income because Facebook cannot consistently be the gatekeeper they claim to be.
Nothing in the story is untrue, made up, or over-exaggerated in an effort to garner your clicks. The outrage inspired by the headline is matched by the outrage you feel reading the story. But Facebook, in its continuing efforts to royally screw up even the basic sharing of news, has determined that this story just doesn’t meet its standards of journalistic integrity.
Whatever the hell those may be.
So, I’m sharing this here. I would like for you to share it and encourage your friends to share it. The behavior of these teachers is horrifying and the behavior of Facebook is outrageous. Neither should be tolerated.