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Friday, 5 March 2021

WARRICK COUNTY SCHOOLS SUB FIRED OVER VIDEO

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WARRICK COUNTY SCHOOLS SUB FIRED OVER VIDEO
WARRICK COUNTY SCHOOLS SUB FIRED OVER VIDEO
WARRICK COUNTY SCHOOLS SUB FIRED OVER VIDEO

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History repeating itself-- yet another person finds themselves out of a job-- after a controversial social media post leads to a substitute teacher being banned by a tristate school district... and the reactions to that now- deleted post-- are strong-- often emotional.

We begin tonight with a warning-- the video appears to be shot by a student-- and apparently shows a now- former substitute teacher for the warrick county school district-- mocking people with special needs.

It can be hard to hear.

44news reporter valerie lyons has more on the controversy..

"the first thought that went through my head was disgusting."

That's what yvonne martin-- a mom of kids who went to warrick county schools-- had to say about about this tik tok video posted last week-- it appears to show a substitute teacher at warrick county school mocking special needs students -- "good afternoon, i teach special ed."

"to see that video today was heartbreaking because i could just, i know what we went through with our son going to school every day."

Martin's son has autism and she says watching the video only reminded her of the hardships her son faced in school -- "we send them to school, knowing they're going to struggle but we hope there's a teacher or several teachers there that would understand and be empathetic and help teach other kids about children with special needs."

The warrick county school corporation released a statement -- saying the comments made by the substitute teacher are disgusting -- unprofessional -- and do not reflect their beliefs or values -- and that he will no longer be allowed to work in their schools -- martin: "personally i don't think he should be able to substitute teach anywhere, not just in warrick county, but he shouldn't be able to go to evansville, indianapolis, wherever, he just should not be allowed in the classroom.

It's unacceptable."

Martin says she's happy with the school corporation's decision -- that it was a step in the right direction -- but that there's still a lot more education that needs to be done martin:"we just need everybody in the communities to work together to teach this empathy and this compassion and inclusion."

Valerie lyons -- 44news.

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