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This was certainly not just a bad “reaction” by the teachers. The word reaction implies that no forethought was put into the “award”. These teachers not only had to come up with the award, but write it down, send it off to get the trophy, get the trophy back, and then present it. That’s not a reaction, that a thought out plan. Not holding their teachers accountable for their actions would have shown the students that devaluing the student is completely acceptable.
IF the teachers lacked training completely, then perhaps the firing was harsh. However, I sincerely doubt any teacher is so lacking in training that they do not know that making fun of a student with a disability is not the right thing to do.