A 10 year old boy with ADHD was forced by his teacher to create a poster that listed the reasons why his classmates didn’t like him.

It was then stuck up on his classroom wall, for everyone to see.

Caien Powell, from the UK, had previously complained to his teacher that he was being bullied by his classmates, reports The Sun.

But instead of addressing Caien’s bullies, he was forced to sit and listen as his classmates told him why they disliked him.

His father, Damian Lightoller, told the Observer he and his partner were stunned when their son brought home his poster earlier this month.


When asked to explain why he had made the poster, Caien said that, after his bullies were finished outlining the reasons why he annoyed them so much, his teacher made him list those reasons in a hand-drawn poster.

His carefully drawn and coloured sheet was then put up in the classroom for the remainder of the school term.

But it was the contents of the poster that left Caien’s family heartbroken.

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The poster features a sketch of Caien with a thought-bubble on the side of his head that says: “How can I get the other children to like me?”

According to Caien, he was told by his peers to “be happy, not sad”, “stop shouting” and “stop annoying us”.

His furious father told the UK newspaper his son had approached his behaviour mentor to ask for help after he was bullied and “was upset the other children don’t like him”.

“So, to try to tackle this, his (behaviour mentor’s) idea was apparently to find out why the other children didn’t like him,” Mr Lightoller said.

“So he sat Caien down, asked the other children why they didn’t like him and tried to tell Caien to change those things.”

“My son sought help from a teacher, and rather than discipline the other children for bullying, (the mentor) blamed the victim and said, ‘Well, you need to not do this, this, this and this’,” he said.

After complaining to the administration, Mr Lightoller claimed the school’s principal described the session as “restorative justice”.

According to Mr Lightoller, both he and his partner are “furious, upset and hurt” by their son’s ordeal and his school’s response.

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  • That’s so harsh. If I was his mum I would be mortified and very very angry. This is not appropriate teaching


  • Sounds like they were making him at fault. Doing it this way was probably not the best way to do things


  • This could have been handled better, but I can kinda see how it might have helped if done differently. Don’t put it on the wall, that’s cruel. Let the kids express how they feel, why they think they don’t like him, and then have a class discussion on why this boy behaves that way. Explain it’s not his fault, he can’t help, get the other kids to understand his condition and hopefully empathise with him


  • This is soo sad!!! There is absolutely no reason other children should bully another kid! This is what makes me scared to send my child to school.


  • This teacher should be sacked what a disgrace to their school…


  • Way to make the child feel even more excluded and hated! This is horrible and every kids nightmare


  • This teacher is sooo out of line, seriously they should not be teaching and the principal seems to support this as well. This school needs the education authority to give it a good shake up.

    So hoping Caien is now getting the support, nurturing and care he deserves.


  • This is disgusting behaviour from the teacher and the school! I would be livid if that was the attitude of my childs school. That boy went to a teacher for help, which a lot of kids dont have the courage to do and instead of dealing with it in a constructive way, they make him out to be the bad guy.


  • How heartbreaking for that child. That teacher is no kind of teacher I would want to be teaching my children. It’s horrible to think what else that child has gone through at that school.


  • Really bad teacher here and they shouldn’t have a job in this profession if they think this is ok to do to a child. Poor form


  • That teacher should be removed from teaching
    What an absolutely disgusting thing to do to a child
    Sounds like the principle is supporting the teacher which would have me complaining to the education department and removing my child from the school


  • There needs to be more inclusiveness for neurodiversity.


  • I’d try to move my child to another school if this was an option. No wonder there are so many bullies around when they don’t get disciplined. Instead they are taught it’s the recipient who is at fault.


  • We should be teaching children in the class that it can be normal for somebody to behave and act like that and except them even if they seem different. It’s about making others aware and supportive is best practice I think.


  • I very much doubt that would help this youngster understand much at all and the teacher is an extremely unfeeling person to have done this seemingly with the school headmaster in agreement. Very wrong in my humble opinion.


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