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Goodrich teacher to autistic boy stuck in a chair: Do you want to get tasered?

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GOODRICH, Mich. -- A teacher is fighting a Michigan school board's efforts to fire her after a lawyer for an autistic student's family said she recorded a cellphone video of the 10-year-old boy stuck in a classroom chair and mocked him to his classmates and other staff.

Patrick Greenfelder, a lawyer for the boy's mother, released the video to WJRT-TV, saying the teacher recorded the video in November at Oaktree Elementary in Goodrich. Greenfelder said the teacher and principal taunted the student, who has Asperger's syndrome.

"I think the video speaks for itself," Greenfelder told The Detroit News. "The lack of compassion you see is shocking."

On the video, the boy is shown with his head and arms stuck in an opening in the back of the chair. According to Greenfelder, the teacher can be heard questioning the boy about how he got stuck before asking, "Do you want to get Tasered?"

The boy is told that a maintenance crew is on the way to help, and Greenfelder said the principal is heard saying it's really "not an emergency in their book."

The principal resigned and the teacher's actions are being investigated by the district. The school board voted 5-1 at a January meeting to move forward with tenure charges to fire the teacher and a hearing is expected after the district completes its probe.

The News and the Detroit Free Press, which also reported details of the video, reported that their efforts to reach the teacher and principal were not successful.

In a statement, Superintendent Scott Bogner said he couldn't discuss details of the case but that, under tenure rules, the teacher has a right to a private hearing where "the board judges the severity of the behaviors against best educational practices and also against district policies."

The school is located about 40 miles northwest Detroit.

Greenfelder said the teacher played the video for her class and shared it with other staff. He said the boy broke blood vessels in his eyes in the struggle to escape. A school staff member whose job it is to report bullying saw the video, and it was shown to the boy's parents, the lawyer said.

No decision has been made about litigation, Greenfelder said.

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