• Five-year-old voted out of kindergarten!

    Date: 09.15.09 | by Natalie Jacobs.

    In a “Survivor-like” vote about his disruptive behavior at school, it was a 14 to 2 vote against Alex Barton.  Allegedly, Alex was made to stand in front of his kindergarten class and listen to his classmates at Morningside Elementary School in Florida criticize him.

    He was told that he was disgusting, annoying, lies on the floor, eats crayons, and more. He was voted out of his class and didn’t return the next day. He finished the school year through homeschooling.

    Alex Barton

    Alex is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. In August, 2009, his mother filed a lawsuit against the school, his teacher, principal and others. She is claiming that the school neglected his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and caused Alex emotional distress. His teacher was suspended for one year.

    To learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act, see:   http://askthejudge.info/disabled-student-rights/49/

    Natalie Jacobs

    This post was written by Natalie Jacobs. Prior to joining the AsktheJudge.info team, Natalie worked as a criminal attorney for over five years. She also has worked with Innocence Projects as well as Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona, a character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. When she's not reading and writing about youth justice issues, she thinks about becoming a farmer, chef, world traveler, Bikram master, dogwalker and 80’s film reviewer.

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    • julie
      Tue, 15 Sep 2009 at 09:03

      how terrible! all here agree that this teacher should not be allowed to teach again.