DISCLAIMER– I do not condone the acts she has done to assist her husband with his attacks last week in Orlando. I am angry that she went through with it, and to the best of my knowledge, she hasn’t been arrested yet. This piece looks at Special Education as a whole.
So I was browsing my news feed when I stumbled upon this lovely little article. Due to certain reasons, I don’t want to share the link. But I’m sure if you dig around, you’ll find it soon enough, and put together why I’m not going to bother linking it.
The article continues to chronicle this woman’s struggles as a middle schooler, painting the picture of a person who had issues learning and was considered a full time, self contained, special education student. They interviewed her teacher, who is quoted below.
“Noor had difficulty with retention, she had difficulty with conceptualizing, understanding, all challenges to her,” Susan said. “She tried hard. She was very sweet.”
Oh, how sad. Let’s feel sorry for her because she had special needs, nevermind the fact she was part of one of the largest mass shootings in US history.
I call bullshit.
Not because she is special needs, I’m pretty sure she might of been. But like I said, this little blog isn’t about her.
It’s about us, them, the special education students of past and present. The students who struggle daily because of learning differences, from invisable disability like Autism or ADHD, to the more profound like Cerebral Palsy or Down Syndrome. The students already outcasted by society because they have to go to the “special room.” The students who are constantly beaten up, raped, depressed, and suicidal with nobody to stand up for them. The students whom the schools give up on and prepare them for a job as a janitor or junk mail stuffer and never give them the chance to see potential some other way.
It’s bad enough that society is facisnated by the media coverage that has swallowed up our news feeds and televisions, adding an element of special education stirs the pot even more. We as a country are arguing over gun control and whether or not we should engage in war over ISIS, even though he was a US citizen that had no prior connection other than some message boards on the internet. That’s like me going around saying I’m the Queen of France because a Facebook quiz tells me I am.
Now the media wants to add special needs students to a cocktail of political drama playing in front of our eyes? Great job, let’s scare America even more and label these students as a threat, taking back our country several years in advancement of self advocacy and disability rights. Because that’s what America is all about. The guy on TV says so.
Never mind that this woman was influenced by radical Islamic tendencies set by her husband that led her to a path of destruction. Any woman with low self esteem will land in a jam like this, even ones who never were put in special education to begin with.
But let’s just throw them under “the short bus” instead. Because that’s exactly what the.media is doing.
It’s because of this mindset so many people who were bullies got away with destroying a person’s life. “But they are our star football players.” Because America, right?
Fear is a dangerous thing to have in these times, and it ticks me of that of all people we need to blame for all this, we choose the most vulnerable to dump all of our problems on, nevermind this was a religious fed hate crime against a group just as vulnerable.
This fear the media is spoon feeding society is the exact fear that plagued the Civil Rights Movement. This fear is what made us scared of all Muslims after 9/11. This is the fear that is embedded in our minds from the moment we first sat down to watch the news.
It’s time for this madness to end. Time to blame the people responsible for their own downfall instead of using the disabled as a scapegoat.
Stop the madness already!