Two Hope Academy school employees were fired after mocking a student with special needs. The conversation of the teacher and a teacher's aide was caught on audio after a parent placed a recording device inside his son's backpack.
Milissa Davis, the child's mother, formulated a plan to place a recording device in her son's book sack after severely autistic Camden suddenly became aggressive and began wetting the bed at night.
After reviewing the audio compilation, Davis was shocked about what she had discovered.
"I just wanted to cry, scream and do everything I could because it was so bad. To think that I had sent my son there every day, and what had happened before, that I didn't know about," Davis said in an interview.
Davis is worried about what she found out and wants to inform other parents about the warning signs. In relation to the incident, she hired an attorney to officially start taking the situation on legal matters.
"One of the worst possible things you can do is take advantage of the infirm, or a disadvantaged child. They need extra protection, and he didn't get it. When I heard the treatment of this child through the recording his mother made, I was horrified," Attorney Charlotte McGehee said.
McGehee also added that she plans to file complaints with the Department of Education and all legal assistance will be explored.
"If they're special needs, look at the situation as to why your child is acting that way, because no child deserves to go through what my child did," Davis said.
In response to the incident, Hope Academy Principal, Linda Stone, released an official statement regarding the matter.
"Over these many years, Hope Academy has built a strong reputation for competently serving the educational needs of the special needs community. These recordings are not an indication of who we are. We ask that the community not let the actions of two persons reflect on the reputation of and the mission of the school-a mission we have tried so hard to build. We again extend an invitation to meet with the parent involved to discuss this incident further."