Time Magazine ran an article on why autistic students are targets for bullies. Our kids lives are tough enough - whether they have full blown preverbal autism or Asperger's and an IQ of 150. A friend of mine with an adult family member is in classes at a local state college. She told me that there is a student who announced at the beginning of the semester that he has autism - in a rather long descriptive manner. She has watched him enter and leave class alone. His perseveration is the middle ages - and kids in college care more about Saturday nights than jousting knights. My friend has watched the other students turn away from him, snicker and avoid him. How do we help our kids fit into the world while educating the world that our kids have a right to the pursuit of happiness as much as any bully - or commenter like the one below? Click into Time to read more comments. Especially a rebuttal by a certain media editor we all know and love... KS.
Did anyone stop to consider that autistic kids get bullied more because they are annoying as hell?
My girlfriend is a High School teacher and she has many, many autistic kids in her classes and they are almost without exception the most belligerent and disruptive students in the class.
The fact that they don't fully understand their actions is little comfort to the other kids whose education is disrupted due to their outbursts and constant inappropriate behavior.
These kids should be in special education classes away from the general student population where their special needs can be met without degrading the learning environment of others.