‘When humiliation, fear, and pain are accepted as a valid tools in managing human behavior — especially children, — anything becomes possible.
And that “anything” is stuffing an autistic boy in a duffel bag, leaving him in a school hallway, and having everyone involved justify or downplay the situation. After all, it’s just a “therapy bag” according to school officials
As a teacher’s aide stood by, the mother of the child arrived to find that her 9-year-old son “was treated like trash and thrown in the hallway,” according to an Associated Press report. However, the author of the article actually interjects that, “She did not know exactly how long he had been in the bag, but probably not more than 20 minutes (emphasis added).” That is the author of the article; paid to report facts, not downplay the length of time and the horror of being stuffed in a bag by people in a position of trust and care. As if 19 minutes would have been OK.’