Caleb Squires is a 6 year old student at Nuttert Fort Primary School in West Virginia.
He was involved in the school’s Thanksgiving Day play, that was until the teacher in charge decided he wasn’t good enough last minute. You see, Caleb has autism, though you wouldn’t know it unless you lived in the tight knit community of Clarksburg, West Virginia. Everyone in the neighborhood knows and loves Caleb. His parents and those closest to him say he’s got “the biggest heart.”
This is why this teacher’s actions were questioned all over social media and on the now viral video post. Luckily, someone in the crowd was recording the whole thing and gave it to Caleb’s parents Ken Squires and Amanda Riddle.
Ken and Amanda made a post on Facebook about the incident it now has over 4 million shares. He posted it with the intentions of getting the word out about how to deal with the situation and the possible repercussions the teacher could suffer.
In the video, three kids are on the stage, Caleb being the very last one was given the role of the turkey. As if the role wasn’t already small and seemingly insiginificant, he was only assigned a two word line, “gobble, gobble.”
Caleb was actually really proud, happy, and excited to be the last one on stage and deliver the final line of the play. His parents said he had practiced multiple times and mentioned how honored he was. When it is finally his turn, the teacher has a last minute change of plans and removes the microphone before Caleb could deliver his line.
He begins crying out of frustration on stage and the parents just sort of laugh about it all. It’s easy to see how suddenly the teacher snatched the mic away from him. She was very rough about it.
When Ken shared the video, it caught the school board’s attention, they have launched a full investigation on the matter. This is probably due to the number of comments received via social media asking them to fire the teacher immediately.
They responded by twisting the story completely.