Two Alabama teachers were caught cruelly taunting and abusing a 10-year-old boy who has celebral palsy after the boy’s mother attached an audio recorder to his wheelchair.
The shocking recording captures two voices chiding Jose Salinas for his ‘disgusting’ drooling and reveals he was left alone with no instruction for long periods of time.
‘Why is my paper wet?’ a female teacher is heard demanding on the tape. ‘Look at me and answer. That’s not an answer. That’s not even a word.”
‘Do you seen anybody else at this table drooling? Then, stop,’ she said. ‘You have got drool all over your face and it is gross.’
The teachers accused, Drew Faircloth and Alicia Brown, have been put on administrative leave from Wicksburg High School, Alabama, where Jose is in the fourth grade.
Melisha Salinas knew her son was not happy at school and he often came home sick but Jose always said he had a ‘good day’ when asked about it.
In despair Salinas, a nursing student, took her son to a psychologist who told her the problem could be stress or anxiety but could not determine the cause.
An explanation came when one of Jose’s classmates told Salinas that the teacher’s aide had been mean to Jose three times that day.
Determined to be sure of what was happening herself she attached a bugging device to Jose’s wheelchair and left it recording over three days.
The recording revealed that her son was being cruelly taunted about his disability and ignored for the majority of the day with no-one giving him instruction.
‘You drooled on the paper,’ a male’s voice, allegedly that of teacher’s aide Drew Faircloth, can be heard saying. ‘That’s disgusting.’
‘Keep your mouth closed and don’t drool on my paper,’ a woman’s voice identified as Alicia Brown is heard saying.’I do not want to touch your drool. Do you understand that? Obviously, you don’t.’
After listening to the tapes. which she said ‘broke her heart’, Salinas immediately pulled her son out of the school.
‘I could not believe someone would treat a child that way, much less a special needs child,’ Melisha Salinas told ABCNews.com.