Friday, February 25, 2011

Termination Hearing Begins for Longtime Connecticut Teacher with Asperger's

This is a sad story in so many ways. You definitely feel for the student, but there's also something to be said for this teacher, who clearly had a positive impact on so many students. Yet, one has to wonder, if he had the proper support of someone within the school, could this have been avoided?

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- "This is a sad day in Brookfield," said Patrick McHale, the attorney for Brookfield Public Schools.
The termination hearing for popular Brookfield High School math Robert "Doc" Wollkind began Thursday at 10 a.m. in the education department of Town Hall, at 100 Pocono Road.
Wollkind, a teacher at the school for more than 30 years, was placed on paid administrative leave in November after he reportedly asked an overweight student in his class if he ate his homework.
Wollkind, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, was considered for termination in December

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