After her once happy and loving son became angry and aggressive, a mother trusted her gut and hid a microphone in his backpack. When the principal heard the recording, the boy’s teachers were immediately fired.
When parents send their children to school, they expect their teachers to care for their students like they were their own. That’s why it was particularly horrifying for Milissa Davis, a loving mother, to learn that she had been offering up her child with special needs to his abusers each time she dropped him off for class.
When 12-year-old Camden, who has been diagnosed with severe autism, began exhibiting abnormal behavioral changes, Milissa knew something must have happened to her son. The typically sweet and affectionate boy had become aggressive and began wetting the bed. The intuitive mother suspected that his sudden personality change had to do with school. Since Camden couldn’t communicate what was wrong, Milissa came up with the plan to hide a recording device in the child’s backpack, WBRZ reported.
After Camden came home from school, Milissa listened to what had been recorded that day in his class at Hope Academy in Baton Rouge. What she heard confirmed her fears.
The boy’s two special needs teachers took turns berating, mocking, and abusing Milissa Davis’ mentally disabled son in front of his entire class.
“You’re just writing the word. What is hard about it?” one of the teachers said in a frustrated tone. The boy tried to answer the teacher but his words were unintelligible. The teacher mimicked the child’s response, mocking his inability to speak clearly. She then pushed him further, asking, “Camden, why don’t you have anything written down? That’s why you can’t sit with everyone. Tell your momma that.” A teacher was also heard saying, “Let’s see what they do with him in f—king public school. He was going to go to Live Oak Middle. Uh uh, he wouldn’t make it for a minute.”
Milissa was understandably angry and hurt by what she heard. Knowing she would have a fight ahead of her, she immediately pulled her son out of the school and hired an attorney.
“I just wanted to cry, scream, and do everything I could because it was so bad,” Milissa Davis said. “To think that I had sent my son there every day, and what had happened before, that I didn’t know about.”