Mom left heartbroken after teacher snatched mic from autistic son during school play
The parents of a 6-year-old boy with autism whose microphone was snatched away during a school play remain heartbroken over the incident.
The boy, Caleb, was dressed as a turkey for the Thanksgiving play at his school in West Virginia, but when he went up to the mic, a teacher pulled it away, leaving him in tears.
His mother, Amanda Riddle, shared footage of the incident on Facebook. She became emotional as she told Inside Edition what had happened.
"She went up and she snatched that microphone from him," she said. "What would it have hurt to give him a few extra seconds to say 'gobble, gobble'?"
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She said her boy was excited to be on stage at his elementary school but when the mic was taken away, his mom recalled, "he was up there crying, saying 'oh no!' and my heart broke to watch that."
Other parents had the same response.
"This breaks my heart!" one mom wrote on Facebook.
"I cried watching this," wrote another.
But the school's superintendent said the play was over and Caleb wasn't supposed to speak.
"The program was over and the teacher had taken the microphone without malice. If we had to do it again, probably we all agree, we would have done it a little differently," the superintendent said.