A substitute teacher will no longer be working in any Warrick County School Corporation (WCSC) schools after district officials said Monday that a social media post had crossed the line.
In the Tik Tok video posted last week, it appears to show a student filming while a substitute teacher mocks special needs students.
"The first thought that went through my head was disgusting," said Yvonne Martin, the mother of a former WCSC student. "To see that video today was heartbreaking because I could just, I know what we went through with our son going to school every day."
Martin's son has autism and she said watching the video only reminded her of the hardships her son faced in school.
"We send them to school, knowing they're going to struggle but we hope there's a teacher or several teachers there that would understand and be empathetic and help teach other kids about children with special needs," she said.
The statement issued by WCSC calls the comments made in the post "disgusting" and "unprofessional," and not reflective of the beliefs or values held by WCSC.
According to district officials, the substitute teacher in the post has been removed from the WCSC substitute teacher list and will no longer be working in any WCSC schools.
Martin doesn't think he should be able to teach anywhere again.
"Not just in Warrick County, but he shouldn't be able to go to Evansville, he shouldn't be able to go to Indianapolis -- wherever -- he just should not be allowed in the classroom," she said. "It's unacceptable."
Martin said she's happy with the school corporation's decision, that it was a step in the right direction, but that there's still a lot more education that needs to be done.
"We just need everybody in the communities to work together to teach this empathy and this compassion and inclusion," she said.
The original TikTok video has since been removed, though screen recordings are still circulating on other social media platforms.