It seems that young Alex -- all of five years old -- may be suffering from a developmental disorder. A disorder which may be responsible for his acting up in his kindergarten class.
Or it may be the plain and simple fact that he's a boy, he's five, and he's going to act up.
I'm not sure if this news story is symptomatic of the national obsession with stupid shows, or if it's symptomatic of the Liberal obsession with everyone being equal, but either way it's really twisting me off.
Apparently Morningside Elementary School is having some sudden, completely unexpected, problems with their web-page, but thank Freyja for Google and their Cache function: Google Cache Morningside Elementary School.
Anyhoo, Ms. Wendy Portillo -- the alleged adult and purported leader of this class of kindergarteners -- appears to have gotten annoyed with Alex's acting up.
Seems to me that since Morningside is on a traditional schedule, Ms. Portillo should not only have been used to Alex by now, but aware that she only had to grit her teeth for a couple of more weeks for the school year to be over and Alex gone from her class.
Seems that I would be wrong.
According to news reports, Ms. Portillo apparently decided that the best way to discipline a five-year-old boy who may possibly have a case of Asperger's Syndrome was to call him to the head of the class and then have each and every one of his five-year-old classmates announce what they didn't like about him.
Since being called "disgusting" by kindergarteners with the approval of their teacher wasn't enough -- apparently -- Ms. Portillo then called upon each student to vote Alex -- all of five years old -- out of class.
Let us allow that one to sink in, shall we?
14 five-year-olds voted him
I don't know which is worse:
That Ms Portillo has apparently decided that her elementary school class is actually an episode of 'Survivor'; or
That Ms. Portillo has apparently decided that FIVE YEAR OLD CHILDREN are emotionally and mentally mature enough to have an equal say with her on the punitive removal of a FIVE YEAR OLD classmate.
Words fail me. They really do.
I see that the school district has removed Ms. Portillo from "classroom duties". That's nice. Really.
Sauce for the goose being sauce for the gander and all that, I propose that Ms. Portillo be called in front of an assembly of all students at Morningside and have them voice their opinions of her, before voting on whether her teaching certificate should be torn up in front of her nose and herself horsewhipped from the school campus.
But that's just me.