A 6-year old autistic boy was reduced to tears at West Virginia's Nutter Fort Primary School’s Thanksgiving play when his teacher (who his mother thinks is called Mrs. Linsey) snatched away the microphone from him. Caleb, who was acting as a turkey in the show, appeared extremely confused as he looked around the stage.
His parents, Kent Squires and Amanda Riddle, were in the audience, filming a video of their child. They were expecting him to say “gobble gobble,” which were his designated lines, but instead saw him say “oh no” in distress.
Although the audience tried to make up for this by clapping for the child every now and then, the little boy continued sobbing before walking off stage.
“My son is a little different I know this but his heart is so big and he loves everyone. What does it matter if he wanted to say 'gobble, gobble,' he was the turkey after all. I'm sick of kids that are not considered 'normal' be(ing) treated the way they are,” Riddle wrote.
People immediately began commenting on the post, narrating similar experiences and extending messages of support.
“I am heartbroken, deeply saddened, and outraged by this story :( Your son should never feel different, or shunned by educational "leaders". Something has to be done about this. Sending warm hugs from my family to yours,” one woman wrote.
“I don't know you, but I live in Massachusetts and someone from WV posted this on her page. This makes me very distraught! To me, it didn't even matter if he has Autism, this should NEVER happen to ANY child! That teacher should be fired! How rude. Sorry this happened to your son. And thank you for sharing with the world. God Bless,” another said.
Following up from her previous post, Riddle then posted a video of her son saying his “Turkey lines” at home.
She continued positing on Facebook regarding the incident, and confirmed that no disciplinary action was taken against the teacher who was mean to her son.