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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 01:01 AM
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Survey: Bullies prey on autistic kids
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?artic...

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A shocking new online survey has found that nearly 90 percent of autistic children in the Bay State have been targeted by bullying so violent and ruthless that a state lawmaker says teachers and school systems must be held accountable.

The survey conducted by the Massachusetts Advocates for Children includes painful testimony from parents of autistic children who felt so tortured they stayed home from school for extended periods and even considered suicide.

We were frankly shocked by the magnitude of the problem, said attorney Julia Landau, director of the Autism Special Education Legal Support Center at MAC. It took our breath away.

About 400 Massachusetts parents responded to the online survey between Sept. 23 and Oct. 12. The survey was prepared as part of an effort to pass legislation requiring that autistic children be taught bullying coping tactics as part of their individual educational plans.

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I'm not surprised at all. :(
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 03:19 AM
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1. Nor am I.
Bullies bully.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 11:45 AM
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2. I'm not surprised either.
Bullies are cowards to the core,
who pick on those who are most
vulnerable.

I'm outraged at the thought of ANY teacher/school administrator
being aware of this abuse and doing NOTHING!

I am a teacher,btw.

Students know better than to pull that crap in my presence.
I'll nail them every time.

:(
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-19-09 01:37 PM
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3. Well no shit. nt
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