A six-year-old autistic boy burst into tears during his school’s Thanksgiving play after a teacher snatched the microphone away to stop him saying his line. Heartbreaking phone footage captured by the boy’s parents, Kent Squires and Amanda Riddle, shows their son, Caleb, looking visibly distressed on stage.
Caleb was playing a turkey in the production at Nutter Fort Primary School in Harrison County, West Virginia, and was ready to say his line, ‘gobble gobble’. But he did not have a chance to speak and was instead seen screaming ‘Oh no’ when the teacher took away the microphone, before sobbing in front of the audience.
Mark Manchin, Superintendent of Harrison County Schools, said the Board of Education was investigating the video and addressing the situation. Dr Manchin told 5 News that he believed it was a ‘mistake’ with ‘no malice’ intended.
‘It’s a mistake that was made. There was no malice,’ he said.
‘This teacher, as all of our teachers, truly care about these young boys and girls. The program was over, at least as I understand, and the teacher had taken the microphone.’ Dr Manchin claimed that when the teacher grabbed the microphone the play had ended.
It has also been suggested that the boy’s ‘gobble gobble’ was not part of the set script and that he had several other speaking parts throughout the play.
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