Cedar Cliff High parents: Daughter with autism bullied


By KARI ANDREN
The Patriot-News
HARRISBURG, Penn. — The parents of a Cedar Cliff High School student have filed complaints with school officials and the state Human Relations Commission alleging that their daughter, who has a form of autism, was bullied by her peers and an instructor for the school’s color guard.

Anita and Patrick Martin filed the complaints last week, the first with the West Shore School District. The complaints state that their daughter, Konstance Gregory, has been singled out for unfair treatment and has been called names, including “retard.”

The Martins’ case illustrates the growing number of issues that are arising as more special-needs students are mainstreamed into school classes and after-school activities, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities said.

A spokeswoman for the district would not comment on the Lower Allen Twp. family’s complaints. But Cedar Cliff band director Ben Goldsborough said last week that statements made about instructor Brooke Feldman are “completely baseless.” Repeated attempts by The Patriot-News to contact Feldman for comment have been unsuccessful.

Konstance, 14, a freshman at Cedar Cliff, has Asperger’s syndrome.

Those with Asperger’s typically are high-functioning but have trouble with social interactions and with taking social cues. They often perform in group activities, said Melissa Brown, a psychologist with the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Full story.

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2 Responses

  1. The Patriot-News is based in Harrisburg, PA, so that should be the dateline of the story (not Allen, PA). Thanks for reading and re-posting! –Kari Andren

    • Thanks for the heads up Kari. And thanks also for your coverage of this important story and for stopping by the blog. — Margaret

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