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Updated: 9/07/2013 12:06 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Brynn Hackett says her whole world revolves around her 4-year-old son Jacob.

Jacob is autistic, non-verbal, and a student at Southside Estates Elementary School. When he got off the bus Thursday afternoon, Hackett says she was shocked to see Jacob's shoes had been duct-taped to his feet.

She said, "As soon as I saw it, I just knew it wasn't right. And it broke my heart on so many levels."

She said she called the teacher and didn't get an answer right away. Then she called Action News. And we went to the school district looking for answers.

DCPS Spokeswoman Marsha Oliver told us, "When you contacted us, we contacted the principal. The principal did an investigation, did talk to the teacher. Understood very clearly that the teacher did not in any way seek to harm the child."

In fact, Oliver said the teacher was actually trying to help Jacob. She said the day before, he had gotten hurt when he took off his shoes and stepped on sand spurs while playing outside.

Oliver said, "It was certainly a very sincere effort and act to show care and concern."

Hackett said she would have preferred the teacher just take her son inside. She couldn't stand the sight of her son's feet being bound like that.

Hackett said, "It's just wrong. It shouldn't happen to any child."

Hackett says she's not sure if she'll be sending her son back to school here.

The school district said the principal at Southside Estates even called the Department of Children and Families to ask if taping the student's shoes to his feet in any way violated DCF standards and expectations. The principal was told no.
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taylor tot - 9/7/2013 12:40 PM
7 Votes
at least she tried to let him be outside with the other kids,how could she watch the boy and the children outside, Mom get over it, or home school him

Gunny48 - 9/7/2013 11:05 AM
4 Votes
"Mom" needs to join a support group so she can learn which battles to fight. The teacher did the right thing and I don't see anything about the kid being upset. Nativejax is right - you transfer your fears/habits to the kids!

concernedone20 - 9/7/2013 9:50 AM
4 Votes
Idiot Mother to say the least!

Truthseeker - 9/7/2013 8:45 AM
6 Votes
"Hackett said she would have preferred the teacher just take her son inside. She couldn't stand the sight of her son's feet being bound like that." If the teacher had done this, the mother would have wanted to sue the school for discriminating against her son and not letting him go outside to play. These days people are always finding something to whine about.

Truthseeker - 9/7/2013 8:32 AM
3 Votes
Hey Action News. You have a story about a boy who's shoes were taped to his feet and as a "Related" story you have a story about a murdered 5 year old! Exactly how are these related?!?!

wishmistress - 9/7/2013 2:50 AM
3 Votes
The only thing the teacher should have done differently would have been to notify the mom about the taking shoes off beforehand. Jeez, mom, get a grip.

nativejax - 9/6/2013 11:59 PM
5 Votes
BTW my grandson did the same thing at school, I WISH they had duct taped his shoes on..Even if your child is 'non verbal' he still understands. Make a game out of his antics and I bet he will open up. Always remember Einstein was Autistic.

nativejax - 9/6/2013 11:52 PM
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Oh get over it mom. Your son is Autisic. He will have days when he will take his shoes off and WE don't know why. But I do know, as a grandmother of an Autistic boy, they will cut their feet up all day long and limp around with sand burs in their feet until they are a bloody mess without as much as a complaint.. Maybe duct taping them seems a little drastic but hey, he didn't cut his feet up and HE STILL HAS BOTH HIS SHOES! It was a good day...Autistic children don't need pity, they need understanding and patience with the SKILL to make something POSITIVE out of the 'unusual' things they do. MOST teachers are dealing with more children than EVER in the school systems today that have some form of autism etc and it IS NOT easy teaching when they have to stop and 'protect' a special needs child from harming himself all day long. This was cute, the teacher found a colorful fun way to help him keep his shoes on, and instead of making big thing out of it you should tell him something like, "I sure do like your fancy shoes, be sure to thank the teacher for helping you keep your shoes on". He isn't stupid, if you whine and cry and feel sorry for him, HE'S GOING TO PICK UP ON IT, and it will not HELP him overcome his Autism. And believe me, he can out grow it and no one would ever know he was Autistic, except you.
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