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Audio recording reveals Louisiana teacher cruelly mocked 12-year-old autistic boy

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A private school in Louisiana this week announced it was firing two employees who were caught in an audio recording mocking a 12-year-old autistic student.

Local news station WBRZ reports that Baton Rouge-based Hope Academy is firing both a teacher and a teacher’s aide who were heard ridiculing the autistic boy’s intelligence while being secretly recorded by a tape recorder planted by the boy’s mother.

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“Camden, why don’t you have anything written down?” one adult in the recording can be heard saying to the boy. “That’s why you can’t sit with everyone. Tell your momma that.”

“Let’s see what they do with him in f*cking public school,” adds another adult. “He was going to go to Live Oak Middle. Uh ah, he wouldn’t make it for a minute.”

One of the people in the recording can also be heard sarcastically imitating noises that the boy makes.

Milissa Davis, the boy’s mother, tells WBRZ that she was heartbroken when she heard two adults mocking her son.

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“I just wanted to cry, scream and do everything I could because it was so bad,” Davis said. “To think that I had sent my son there every day, and what had happened before, that I didn’t know about.”

Hope Academy says that it has fired one of the adults in the recording effective immediately, while the other adult in the recording will be formally terminated within the next two weeks.

Listen to the audio recording at this link.

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