Teacher Fired For Putting Child With Autism In Trash Can

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Original post from Disability Scoops

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Mary Katherine Pursley describes how she held a student over a trash can before a tribunal at the school system headquarters on Monday. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS) Mary Katherine Pursley describes how she held a student over a trash can before a tribunal at the school system headquarters on Monday. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

A Georgia school board on Thursday voted to terminate the contract of a special education teacher accused of putting a second-grader with autism in a trash can.

Mary Katherine Pursley, a teacher at Mt. Bethel Elementary in Marietta, Ga., said at a tribunal hearing Monday at the Cobb County School District office that she was trying to calm the child, not hurt him. She said the child was screaming and upset at an after-school program and she was attempting to get him to stop by holding him over a trash can to “shake out the grouchy,” comparing his behavior to Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street.”

“My intention was not to put…

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