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Bullying of Child with Autism Ignored by School

In a school in Iowa, Levi Null, a thirteen-year-old child diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, is being bullied. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Asperger’s syndrome is “is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), one of a distinct group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior” (“Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet”).

One person, whose nephew had punched Levi in the face after Levi “allegedly” called him names, says that “you only get bullied if you let yourself get bullied” (“Bullying Of Teen With Autism”).

A fellow student posted a video on YouTube where people can watch Levi “being ridiculed and physically hit by fellow pupils” (“Iowa Autism Bullies”). The student’s father said that “the tormenting [was] ‘three-fourths’ Levi’s fault” (“Bullying Of Teen With Autism”). The student was not “disciplined . . . for bullying” but only for “intolerance and bigotry” (“Bullying Of Teen With Autism”).

The school actually said that “the video itself did not amount to bullying” (“Iowa Autism Bullies”).

The principal said that “was the students’ responsibility to handle cases of bullying” and that “it’s got to come down to the kids to take ownership for [bullying] and to stand up for the kids who can’t stand up for themselves” (“Iowa Autism Bullies”).

To find more information about this, click the following link: https://www.google.com/#q=autistic+schild+bullied+in+iowa.

Works Cited

“Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. October 2012. Web. 22 November 2013. <http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/asperger/detail_asperger.htm>.

“Bullying Of Teen With Autism Provokes Controversy In Small Iowa Town.” Huffington Post. 21 November 2013. Web. 22 November 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/levi-null-autistim-bullied-melcher-dallas-aspergers-iowa_n_4317524.html>.

“Iowa Autism Bullies Defended by Parents.” Autism Daily Newscast. 21 November 2013. Web. 22 November 2013. <http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/iowa-autism-bullies-defended-by-parents/5038/snapshot/>.

November 2013

Jeannie Bolstridge joins the forum of Halo-Soma, home of this dedicated mother’s rapid prompting methold (RPM).

Brittany Ammons added many apps to her Apps on Sale blog.

Brittany Ammons created the following posts on her  Autism 4 Life blog: Autistic Brothers in New York City Marathon, Cheaper is Better, and Belk Charity Sale.

Brittany Ammons sent out an e-mail to inform nonprofit members about the Belk Charity Sale.

Jeannie Bolstridge created the post “Teaching Plans Unite with Technology” on her Social Prompter blog.

On November 9, Jeannie Bolstridge and Brittany Ammons sold tickets for the Belk Charity Sale from 6 A.M. to 10 A.M. to raise money for the nonprofit.

Brittany Ammons contacted the Grand Theatre and asked if nonprofit members could watch the movie “Frozen” privately. A newsletter was again sent out to all Douglas and Fitzgerald nonprofit supporters, but there was no response from anyone in Douglas.

Vicki Nagengast, the original founder of the Douglas group FATE with whom SFL merged, called Jeannie to talk about the concerns Douglas parents had with the August 2012 merger written by our lawyer. Vicki suggested that it may please everyone in Douglas if we dissolved the merger and left the FATE parent group free to operate in the casual manner that they have since 2007. She suggested that these folks were not comfortable with the state structure or IRS designation under which our nonprofit needed to operate.