Job prospects are relatively rosy for special education teachers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as children with special needs are diagnosed at earlier ages, and parents seek out more services for their kids. But managing a classroom is always challenging, let alone one full of students with learning difficulties who may have behavioral problems. Especially if some of these are child murderers and have been sexually abused.
A teacher's aide, writing under the name CatieOgrady on the online forum Reddit, reports working for five years at a specialized school for disturbed children. CatieOgrady paints a grim picture of these kids' lives: One of the children started a fire and killed two of his siblings. Another's entire family was thrown in jail for manufacturing meth. Another shot his mother, when she stepped into a fight that he was having with his brother over a video game. Another one of them, at just 6 years old, had been sexually abused so brutally that he had bowel problems.