A six-year-old boy with autism burst into tears after a teacher snatched away a microphone, the video captured  by his furious parents has shocked the nation.

Parents Kent Squires and Amanda Riddle filmed the incident during a Thanksgiving play on November 15 at Nutter Fort Primary School in Harrison County, West Virginia, reports 7 NEWS.

Caleb was playing a turkey in the production and he can be seen approaching the microphone in the video to say his line: “gobble gobble”.

As he walked towards the microphone a teacher can be seen quickly approaching the stage and abruptly grabbing the microphone.

“What does it matter if he wanted to say gobble gobble?” Ms Riddle, wrote in a post put up along with the video.

the heartbroken Caleb can be heard screaming “Oh no”, before he begins to cry on stage.

Caleb’s parents shared the video on social media and hundreds of people have rallied behind them, outraged at the teacher’s harsh actions.

The clip has sparked a furious response from fellow parents and teachers, many of whom described the teacher’s behaviour as “outrageous”.

Mr Squires wrote on Facebook: “This is my little boy in his thanksgiving play, he is the last kid and has level one high functioning autism, he has the biggest heart and always happy. Now watch it and see what a teacher of kids does to him he has came home from school and said he gets to say gobble gobble cause he was playing the Turkey. I am reaching out to see if something can be done.”

Ms Riddle said she left the school in tears after the incident.

The school’s Superintendent Mark Manchin told WDTV that the moment in question came after the play had already ended.

“It was a mistake but there was no malice,” he said.

“The program was over, at least as I understand, and the teacher had taken the microphone.”

He said that if they had to do it over again they would probably “do it a little differently”.

The school chose not to name the teacher and said they will be making more enquiries into the incident.

The video has received a huge response on social media with over 49K shares and 17K plus comments.

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  • I think it’s irrelevant that this boy has autism. It’s a terrible thing to do to any 6 year old child. Not a very caring teacher at all


  • I thought that teachers are all taught things like how to deal with/treat kids with disabilities? Isn’t this a part of basic training?


  • What a silly teacher. She needs to be ‘taught’ some empathy.


  • For some reason I was unable to view the video, but the article had upset me enough. What the … the time and effort that will have gone into an autistic child actually feeling confident enough to perform in the concert, only to have it end this way. My heart breaks for this boy and his family. I understand only too well the after-effects they will have felt.


  • You’d hope this was somehow a mistake.


  • Was he actually going to touch it? One of the photo he wasn’t as close as the other. It would have a huge effort for him to even be on the stage. Normally Autistic children ..and..adults have problems being in crowds or near bright lights such as would have been used. There is one large Dept. store group that open their stores at Xmas time after normal shopping hours so they can do their shopping in conditions, atmosphere etc. that they can cope with.


  • It looks to me like that teacher didn’t behave properly at all. There was still a kid in line to talk! Didn’t she realize that? Is it just a coincidence that he is autistic? Of course the kid was upset. And his mother. I would be very upset too!!


  • Autistic or not this is a sad display and management on teachers part. Let the child say his part. The parents are waiting with heart soaring and all parents feel this way for child’s part on stage. I say get a turkey to chase this teacher around ???? as for child been autistic the family has enough up hill battles. This teacher ruined an event. The play wasn’t finished the boy hadn’t said his line.


  • A bit more compassion from the teacher towards this boy would have been good.


  • So all autistic kids cry easily do they? Microphones are expensive?? Get your priorities right, look at how upset this little boy is, even the way she approaches the microphone is aggressive.
    You’ll actually find autistic kids don’t cry easily they might have certain triggers but that would upset anyone.
    My little boy loves performing but was always stuck on the end in activities to be “out of the way”!


  • It seems odd the teacher would suddenly remove the microphone when there was another child online. When she realised the child was upset why not just put it back for him to say his part?


  • I know how stressful putting on school plays can be. This teacher was probably trying to make everything run smoothly and was surely a bit stressed herself. I’m positive that she felt bad for this boy afterwards….


  • Hope this can be sorted out in a way to appease all.


  • Most little autistic kids do cry easily. Microphones are very expensive. She was possibly making sure he didn’t touch it and the children would have been told not to touch the microphones. Too many judgemental comments here.


  • While I don’t agree with what she did, it looked a little like she grabbed it prematurely


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