Thursday, March 06, 2008

School employee gets 6 months for stealing autistic girl's lunch money

The special education assistant at Camarillo High School was convicting of lifting $5 from the student's lunch box on each of 57 occasions.
Every morning, Shawn Spitzer sent her 13-year-old daughter off to school with a lunch box of snacks and $5 to buy a hot meal.Every afternoon, Spitzer noticed that her daughter, who has severe autism and cannot speak, would head straight for the refrigerator when she came home. Spitzer wondered if it was a growth spurt. Maybe the cafeteria food was bad. But the reason for her daughter's hunger, authorities learned, was more disturbing: The special education assistant was stealing her lunch money. LA Times

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