I know how you are feeling. Tuesday, my sons pre-school enrolled an autistic child. I have a friend and cousin with an autistic child and know there are many different forms and types of autism. We arrived in the classroom to a kid who was running around like a mad person, kicking everything and everyone, screaming, not listening to any of us trying to tell him to stop.
So, today (3 days later) I have had enough. For one, we show up and wait for the teachers to open the door. The boy is running around screaming. I look over at the mother who is obviously over-stressed, in her pajamas (probably because it takes 30 min to get him ready) and acting like she doesn't care that her son is freaking out. The teacher FINALLY opens the classroom door and he pushes her, screams, and runs in. Our kids have to wash their hands before entering the classroom, obviously this kid doesn't. My son goes back in the room from washing his hands, and writes his name on the chalkboard like hes supposed to, then sits in the circle and starts drawing like normal. By this time, about 6-7 kids are sitting down doing this. The mother hands the diaper bag to the teacher and practically runs out the door, although the boy hasnt washed his hands, wrote his name, or sat down to draw in the book. He's running everywhere AGAIN throwing toys at the kids sitting (including my son!!!) and throwing huge metal objects and throwing toys that are sitting in a closed tub in the middle of the room soaking, while by now 5 parents and 2 teachers are trying to control him. He's screaming and all the kids aren't able to do what their supposed to.
Class normally starts at 7:50, by now it is 8:00. I can see the teachers face, and cannot believe this is happening in our school! I picked up my son 3 hours later and the classroom was torn apart (which is always pristine and clean by now) and the kids were in a different room than this kid. On the drive home, my son was saying how he didn't learn anything because of this boy and he hurt all the kids in class. Obviously, this boy should not be in a public school. The mom didn't care at all, doesn't apologize even though every parent is looking at her like they want to yell at her, and literally dumps him off and run.
I completely believe every kid/parent has their rights for an education, and race, background etc should not be taken into consideration. My boy is not able to learn because of this kid, we are all stressed and can only imagine how the teachers feel, and my son has a cut on his knee from that boy!!! He should either be home-schooled or at a special school. Like I said before, I basically see the autistic kids I know 1-2x a month. They are fine at school other than minor bumps. But this is something I feel enraged enough about to post online. The kid at my school and the kid at her school is making it hard for the kids to learn and nobody is doing anything about it. My daughter had the same teachers last year and had a great year and learned so much but I can already tell the impact of this boy. I'm not sure what to do. The teachers and staff need to handle it but I cant sit around and just wait and hope something will happen. It sounds so wrong that I am saying all of this but some kids shouldnt be in school. If my kids were autistic and acting like that I would make sure they get the individual attention they need, not just throw them in a class. I know the special ed schools cost money but still. I'll look into my school and see about a special ed program and talk to the principle if necessary. If you, as a mother or father or even an observer, were to know that your childs education is being compromised because of this, (and its sad and its not the kids fault he was born like that) then you would want something to happen. This boy is very dangerous, like a wild animal that has just been caught. The classroom isnt functional, the teachers are beyond frustrated. We all are. And it's only been a few days. Goodness, some people need to better evaluate their decisions.