Special Ed Teacher’s ‘Dumb’ Comments Spark Outrage

BAINBRIDGE, Ind. — A special education teacher’s Facebook comments have incensed parents and prompted an investigation by the school district.

Amber Russell, a teacher at North Putnam Middle School, posted on Facebook, “I love dumb people. I call it job security,” along with “5+1=Freedom from the Hell hole” and “I feel sorry for preachers and teachers. No matter hard they work, there’s always an incoming batch of sinners and dumb people.”

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Author: Kevin Mulligan

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  • http://www.facebook.com/holly.stillwagon Holly Stillwagon

    As a former special ed. parapro, I’m livid. How dare she! I am embarassed & ashamed that someone who is entrusted with these children speaks so flippantly. Or is she that callous? Shameful.

    • Kevin Mulligan

      Incredibly shameful, isn’t it? And this isn’t about someone carelessly blowing off steam, albeit foolishly, in a public space. This is about someone who is clearly ill-suited for working with children and especially special needs children!

  • Tomw61

    what does the  5 + 1  = Freedom from the Hell Hole mean?

    • Kevin Mulligan

      One can only wonder, Tomw61. 5 + 1 possibly alludes to the teacher to student ration. i.e. 5 students to 1 teacher. But, who the heck knows? Hopefully, 1 cruel and insensitive Facebook Update = 0 time in a classroom with kids.

  • http://www.advancedcommunityed.com Deb Tosato

    I am a Special Education Teacher and I teach adult classes on providing strategies to approach challenging behaviors in an intentional and nurturing way called the Nurtured Heart Approach. All special educators should be implementing this approach. Then comments such as these would not happen. to learn more, check out Advanced Community Education.

    • Kevin Mulligan

      Thanks for commenting, Deb. I am not familiar with the Nurtured Heat Approach but, from the name, it sounds like an excellent system. I am posting the link to your site since it didn’t come through: http://www.advancedcommunityed.com/