WARNING: What you are about to read is disturbing.
A hidden recording device inside a special education classroom at an elementary school in Martinsburg, West Virginia is raising serious alarms. However, in my opinion, not enough has been done.
After Amber Pack’s 8-year-old daughter didn’t want to go back to school, Pack put a recording device in her hair. The video contains some of that secretly recorded audio, of multiple instructors, inside Berkeley Heights Elementary School.
Here are some of the comments made:1
Instructor #1: “I ought to backhand you right in your teeth. How is that for anxiety?”
Instructor #1: “This one I could punch her right in her face.”
Instructor #2: “You got to go pee-pee? Pee-pee? Or do you not have to go pee-pee and you just want to go **** *** in a chair?”
Instructor #2: “I’m going to pull your hair until you start crying.”
Instructor #3: “Don’t throw it. Don’t throw. You animal you.”
Instructor #2: “Yep. You wench.”
Instructor #2: “You’re like a pygmy. You’re like a pygmy thing.”
Instructor #2: “How your tears dried up so quickly, crocodile.”
Instructor #3: “And then she wants to destroy everything in sight.”
Instructor #2: “I’m a knock you out.”
Instructor #2: “I am gonna beat your butt for sure and Owen, you’re gonna get one just cause.”
Instructor #1: “Growl at me. I dare you and you won’t get one. Go ahead. There is nothing says I have to give you a snack. Nothing.”
Instructor #2: “Looks like you get nothing Owen. Ha ha. Sorry buddy.”
All of that was recorded in just one day.
The very next day, Pack alerted the school district and the Martinsburg Police Department however, none of the other parents were told what was going on. In fact, it wasn’t until November when Pack posted a clip of the recording to Facebook that another parent, Kasey Murphy, became aware of it. Her son is six and in the same class. According to Murphy, she’s not yet heard from the principal or Superintendent.
She said, “It’s sickening. People don’t even talk to animals like that and they are talking to non-verbal children who don’t understand why they are talking to them like that. They aren’t doing anything wrong.”1
I’m shocked and disgusted to report that the Berkeley County Prosecutor’s Office found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the instructors; not only that but they haven’t been fired and are on paid administrative leave.
The School District is still investigating and the Civil Rights Office of the U.S. Department of Education just opened its own investigation.
At this time, both Murphy’s son and Pack’s daughter have changed schools and are very happy in their new classrooms.
We hope that very soon these families will get the justice they deserve.