NASHVILLE — Tennessee resident Arika Trevino told a panel of school of choice advocates in Nashville this week  a tenured union teacher emotionally damaged her autistic son, now 9, when he was only in first grade.

“He was barely on the autism spectrum when he started, and that teacher, who was extremely abusive to him, took him to being non-verbal,” Trevino said.

“He went from being completely high-functioning to barely functioning. That teacher still has her job. She should never be around children — ever.”