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Teacher Gives Student With Autism 'Most Annoying Male' Trophy
An Indiana school district has issued an apology after a special-needs teacher awarded an 11-year-old student with autism a trophy naming him the "most annoying male" of the school year.
The Bailly Preparatory Academy teacher gave the boy the trophy in May during a 5th grade awards luncheon attended by students, parents, and the school principal.
Rick Castejon, the boy's father, said his family was blindsided. "As a principal or teacher, you should never let this happen to any student."
Gary Community School Corp. issued an apology to the boy and his family in a statement last week. Emergency manager Peter Morikis called it an "unfortunate occurrence" and declined to comment on the employment status of the teacher involved.
Vol. 38, Issue 35, Page 5Published in Print: June 12, 2019, as Teacher Gives Student With Autism 'Most Annoying Male' Trophy