(CHERRY HILL)–Today Senator James Beach, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement after the release of audio allegedly showing a 10-year old student with autism at Cherry Hill’s Horace Mann Elementary school being verbally abused by his teacher and support staff:
“This type of alleged verbal abuse of any child by trusted adults in the classroom is disturbing. The school district should immediately undertake a thorough and rigorous investigation, and if it is found that any teacher, aide or other adult staff member engaged in this deplorable abuse, they should be fired immediately.
“As parents, we send our children to school to learn, to grow and to realize their full potential. We trust the adults in our schools–the teachers, the administration and the support staff–to look after the well-being of our kids. And the vast majority of them do so with commendable passion and dedication. That is why we cannot permit verbal abuse like this of any child to occur in our schools. If these allegations are verified through an investigation, the individuals involved should be fired.”