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Stuttering Student's Father: Son Won't 'Back Down'

Phil Garber, Sr., shares thoughts about how his son was treated by a professor at County College of Morris.

Earlier this week the New York Times reported that a student, Phil Garber, Jr.,

Garber, Jr., 16, stutters when he speaks, and his professor emailed him with a request not to ask questions in class because he takes up too much time.

The student's father, Phil Garber, Sr., is managing editor for the Observer Tribune and Mt. Olive Chronicle, weekly newspapers in western Morris County. Garber, Sr. wrote an editorial piece, saying his son would not back down from abusive behavior.

To see Garber's piece, read this.

Andrew October 16, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Now, I've heard that this young man's father was an editor? I guess he was trying to get his name in the news. I feel sorry for this kid he was exposed in the national media. Now apparently students are coming out and saying it isn't what was written in the article. Honestly, this doesn't effect my life and the NAMI should not get involved with this case when the facts somehow are proving this was blown way out or proportion. God Bless.
steve revette October 16, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Kids will be kids. I mean the professor did go about it right. He didn't say it in class. It would have been worse if he said it during the middle of class. However I hope that in the email he did not specifically say because you have a stutter. Yes people do take things out of proportion. However no matter what the incident is schools are going to back the teachers no matter what. Believe me I've seen that happen in Parsippany. Actually something similar happened when I grduated High School. They did not want this one student to walk because of their disability.
Evie Glodic October 16, 2011 at 03:05 PM
That "supposed teacher" who asked the student who stuttered not to participate in class because he took up too much time SHOULD HAVE HER TEACHING CERTIFICATE REVOKED & SHOULD NOT EVER BE ABLE TO WORK WITH STUDENTS AGAIN!!!!! I am a former teacher & I would never belittle or embarrass a student that way! HER PRINCIPAL SHOULD FIRE HER OR AT LEAST NEVER EVER LET HER WORK WITH CHILDREN WITH DISABLITIES AGAIN. SHE IS A DISGRACE TO THE TEACHING PROFESSION!!!!!!! Evie Vilar Glodic formerly taught at Wayne Hills High School & Stoneybrook Elemenatray School.
tina October 16, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Normally the professors ask the students not to ask questions during the lecture, and wait until the lecture is over, and the end of the class would be the Q&A. We only know this students version, and not of the professor or classmates.
Sir October 17, 2011 at 01:46 PM
It is very simple. Fire the teacher.

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