Mother Irate After Finding Disabled 7-Year-Old in a Cage in Her Classroom

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 14, 2014   |   6:34PM   |   Fresno, CA

It’s no wonder that we have a worldwide belief that the disabled are less than fully human beings when these kinds of things happen. Incidents like this give rise to the so-called quality of life ethic that thinks the disabled should be killed in abortions or subject to euthanasia or assisted suicide just because they’re not “perfect.”

fresnoIn Fresno, California, a mother is irate after wanting to surprise her 7-year-old disabled daughter at lunch. However, she got a shock when she walked into her child’s classroom and found her daughter in a makeshift cage and wearing a soiled diaper.

A local CBS news report has additional details:

The mother of a special education student has filed a legal claim — the precursor to a lawsuit — against her daughter’s former teacher for allegedly putting her child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage.

Ledelldra Brooks said she found her 7-year-old daughter wearing a dirty diaper inside the pen made from a toddler gate and a crib gate attached to bookshelves when she showed up unannounced at Fresno’s Viking Elementary School in May.

Brooks called the police, who dismantled the unit.

Viking Elementary Principal Christie Yang told officers the secured area was installed about three years ago as a safety precaution.

Fresno Unified School District spokeswoman Micheline Golden said she could not comment on a pending legal case.

The Viking Elementary teacher, Teresa MonPere, who is responsible for incarcerating the special student, was immediately put on leave after the girl’s mother, Ledelldra Brooks, alerted police and school staff. However, the FresnoBee reported that MonPere managed to get a new teaching job at another school in the area since the incident.

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From the Bee newspaper:

The Viking teacher, Teresa MonPere, was immediately put on administrative leave, emails from administrators and special education employees show. MonPere confirmed in an interview Friday she now works at Addicott Elementary but declined to comment further. District spokeswoman Micheline Golden said Friday that Viking principal Christie Yang and Cheryl Hunt, assistant superintendent for special education, would not be allowed to comment.

“We take these situations very seriously,” Golden said. “We conducted a thorough investigation consistent with our personnel procedures. I can’t share any outcome of that investigation because it is a personnel issue.”

After learning about the allegation, the district searched classrooms at most of its schools for any similar enclosures.

“Fresno Unified is committed to providing the best education possible for our special education students and being their advocates,” Golden said. She was unable to discuss whether any other cages were found or whether any training has been instituted.

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