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    1:27 p.m. EDT, March 30, 2011
    BROOKFIELD—

    A Connecticut math teacher is fighting to keep his job after asking an overweight student if he ate his homework.

    Brookfield High School teacher Robert Wollkind says he has Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism in which social interactions can be awkward.

    Wollkind was placed on administrative leave in November after the comment to the student, who previously had been teased by others about his weight.

    Wollkind is scheduled to appear at a termination hearing Wednesday.

    School district officials say the comment was the latest in a string of demeaning remarks over Wollkind's 32-year career, including telling a student he hated him.

    Wollkind has said his Asperger's makes it difficult for him to read others' emotions. More than 1,000 Brookfield parents and students have signed a petition supporting him.

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    Too little info to call it.

    If he really has a 32 year history of being a problem then in Thinking World he should be dismissed... but in Legal World one wonders how it is that he's still there. So we have to assume that none of his previous infractions was serious. On the flip side of Thinking World, we know that admins sometimes make statements suggesting an ongoing problem when they think they might be taking severe action, often one based in personal animosity.

    Aspergers or no Aspergers, he owes the kid an apology. Golden ticket notwithstanding, if he had Tourettes he wouldn't get a pass for walking in the classroom and making a similar remark about anyone but a fat kid. And not surprisingly, there is a comment to the effect that the fat kid needed someone to tell him he is fat. Yeah, because a fat kid in high school doesn't get told that often enough.

    Better yet, put this special Ed. teaching Special Ed.
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    I find it interesting that it now seems that everything can now be reduced to a disease, affliction, syndrome or disorder.

    Based just on what was posted here, I would say this guy suffers from TAS or Thoughtless Asshole Syndrome and maybe finding a job amongst say, carny workers, may be more appropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    I find it interesting that it now seems that everything can now be reduced to a disease, affliction, syndrome or disorder.

    Based just on what was posted here, I would say this guy suffers from TAS or Thoughtless Asshole Syndrome and maybe finding a job amongst say, carny workers, may be more appropriate.
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    Aspergers is not a reason for this guy to be a complete and total asshole. it puts a negative light on kids and adults that have genuine problems with Aspergers. Besides that if it hasn't been a problem before now after so many years of teaching, then this ass is just trying to get out of trouble
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    No one is responsible for anything because everyone has a syndrome. The teacher obviously suffers from GGS (Gilbert Gottfried Syndrome) and the student is in the final stages of GMASPD (Give Me Another Slice of Pizza Disease).
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBIGuy View Post
    No one is responsible for anything because everyone has a syndrome. The teacher obviously suffers from GGS (Gilbert Gottfried Syndrome) and the student is in the final stages of GMASPD (Give Me Another Slice of Pizza Disease).
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    March 24, 2011 by Tim Gould
    The EEOC’s issued final rules covering the Americans with Disabilities Act — and as expected, the revised regs smooth the way for employees to claim they meet the legal definition of disabled.

    The new rules were established following the passage of the ADA Amendments Act in 2008. The ADAAA overturned several Supreme Court decisions that Congress believed had interpreted the definition of “disability” too narrowly.

    Those rulings resulted in employees suffering from chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes or epilepsy being denied ADA protection, Congressional sources said.

    In guidance released last year, the EEOC summed up the shift in emphasis under the ADAAA:

    “The definition of disability … shall be construed broadly, to the maximum extent permitted by the terms of the ADA. The focus of an ADA case should be on whether discrimination occurred, not on whether an individual meets the definition of ‘disability.’”
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    Quote Originally Posted by fettpett View Post
    Aspergers is not a reason for this guy to be a complete and total asshole. it puts a negative light on kids and adults that have genuine problems with Aspergers. Besides that if it hasn't been a problem before now after so many years of teaching, then this ass is just trying to get out of trouble
    I know someone with a child who has Aspergers. As the child is getting older she is having more troubles trying to appear "normal", whatever that might be. She started out "different" as a toddler, constantly "drumming" and acting oddly. The parents have devoted their lives to trying to help her fit in, have taken every step to help the little one learn how to handle herself and to socialize. People who suffer from Aspergers have many odd quirks and one of them is often the inability to relate to others and to pop off and say whatever they think. They don't have the normal "filter" that most of us have. The parents have worked with counselors, the schools, special programs to help her more aware of the feelings of others. They've done such a good job in that regard that she probably will be taken advantage of as she gets older. I wouldn't want to walk in their shoes with that little one.

    It's not unbelievable that the teacher would spout off like this. It sounds as if it's a regular occurence. The Aspergers syndrome isn't an excuse; it's a reality. I commend him for making his way through life this far and supporting himself. What's amazing is they'd call him for making a fat comment. The overweight don't seem to be a protected class in our society.

    It's too easy to condemn someone if you're not aware of the horrendous problems entailed with this disease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    I know someone with a child who has Aspergers. As the child is getting older she is having more troubles trying to appear "normal", whatever that might be. She started out "different" as a toddler, constantly "drumming" and acting oddly. The parents have devoted their lives to trying to help her fit in, have taken every step to help the little one learn how to handle herself and to socialize. People who suffer from Aspergers have many odd quirks and one of them is often the inability to relate to others and to pop off and say whatever they think. They don't have the normal "filter" that most of us have. The parents have worked with counselors, the schools, special programs to help her more aware of the feelings of others. They've done such a good job in that regard that she probably will be taken advantage of as she gets older. I wouldn't want to walk in their shoes with that little one.

    It's not unbelievable that the teacher would spout off like this. It sounds as if it's a regular occurence. The Aspergers syndrome isn't an excuse; it's a reality. I commend him for making his way through life this far and supporting himself. What's amazing is they'd call him for making a fat comment. The overweight don't seem to be a protected class in our society.

    It's too easy to condemn someone if you're not aware of the horrendous problems entailed with this disease.
    my son has Asperger's and I don't see it as a disease, because there is no way to cure it and there is no pathogen that causes it.
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    I also don't let it be my son's excuse for being a little butthead when he's being one and I call him on it. yes it's something that they have issues with, but it's not like they can't learn to deal with it. the guy is in his 30's and a teacher, if he can get that far, he has learned to filter himself
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