A Connecticut high school teacher faces the loss of his job after asking a student, who is overweight, if he had eaten his homework. According to the Hartford Courant, officials in the Brookfield school district want to fire Robert Wollkind who, they say, has made a "string of inappropriate remarks over his 32-year career." Wollkind, a math teacher at Brookfield High School, was diagnosed in 2002 with Asperger's Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder in which individuals have normal or above intelligence but struggle with social, communicative and sensory skills. Wollkind has been on administrative leave since the November 2010 incident...
(Superintendent) Bivona may well have concluded that Wollkind was a potential legal liability, and that 'Student 21' and his family might bring a lawsuit against the school district, charging that it had failed to protect the student's rights and caused him to be discriminated against in his math class at Brookfield High School.
On the other hand, as Wollkind does have a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, it is possible that he simply did not realize the extent of his effect of his remarks on others. He had been a teacher in Brookfield for 32 years: Why had no one called him on his sarcasm until Bivona (who has been superintendent of the district for four years)?
Does the Americans with Disabilities Act require the district to "accommodate" this teacher's disability, even at the expense of student hurt feelings?