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A pair of Louisiana teachers have been fired after they were secretly recorded mocking a severely autistic student.
An audio recording captured the Hope Academy employees seeming to mock and make inappropriate comments about 12-year-old pupil Camden Davis.
The boy's mother, Milissa Davis, sent Camden to school with a recording device concealed in his backpack after becoming suspicious that he was being mistreated.
The concerned mother first realised something was wrong when Camden became aggressive at home and wet the bed, WBRZ reports.
After listening back to the recording, Davis was shocked to hear two members of staff making fun of her son.
"You're just writing the word. What is hard about it?" an adult can be heard saying.
Camden then makes a grunting noise and the teacher imitates him in a mocking tone.
The teacher then says: "Camden, why don't you have anything written down? That's why you can't sit with everyone. Tell your momma that."
An adult could also be heard saying, "Let's see what they do with him in fucking public school. He was going to go to Live Oak Middle. Uh ah, he wouldn't make it for a minute."
Davis said that she was heartbroken by what had been picked up on the recording.
"I just wanted to cry, scream, and do everything I could because it was so bad," she said.
"To think that I had sent my son there every day, and what had happened before, that I didn't know about.
"If they're special needs, look at the situation as to why your child is acting that way, because no child deserves to go through what my child did," she added.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term used to describe a collection of conditions related to brain development, including autism and Asperger's syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The disorder can affect how sufferers communicate with others, beginning in early childhood and eventually causing problems with socialising later on down the line.
Principal Linda Stone said, "This is incredibly unfortunate, and we sincerely apologise to the family. We continue to welcome a meeting with the family."
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