Forgiving Society?

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said she hopes to return to teaching after a unanimous vote by the School Board let her keep her professional contract with the county school district and the tenure protection it affords.

The School Board’s vote Wednesday came more than one year after Portillo led her kindergarten students to vote classmate Alex Barton, then 5, out of class for disruptive behavior. The child was in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism, at the time.

“I’m overjoyed,” Portillo said after an emotional 90-minute hearing in which more than a dozen teachers and parents urged the School Board to relent in punishing her. “I’m happy that I’ll be able to go back to doing what I love to do.”

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3 Responses to Forgiving Society?

  1. Kim says:

    This was the kind of behavior that gives rise to "elementary education major" humor. How does anyone think that encouraging 5-year-old to punish fellow schoolmates is acceptable? This woman should not be allowed near a school. I know lots of adults with Asperger's (it's fairly common among nerds!). I am sure they were a handful in class. My teachers could deal.

  2. carolyn says:

    The five-year-olds are voting classmates off the island? And that is OK?

  3. melissa says:

    She should have been voted out of the classroom. I really dislike it when ignorant people are allowed to go back to being "in control" of the development of our nation's "future"…

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