Not a good week for the schools.
Two from WTVR:
And an even worse one for these children and their families.
And we are supposed to believe a 3rd grader with special needs?
Jeb – From my experience, schools do not blindly take the word of a student, though accusations are taken very seriously. When a student makes an report like this about a teacher, all of the other students in the room at the time are interviewed about what may have taken place. It sounds like the student may have a counselor with him in class, who would be adult witness to the situation.
Too many kids in the class? Not enough help for the frustrated teacher to step out? More training needed to give teachers tools other than physical punishment when they are frustrated? What can we do to ensure this doesn’t happen again…turning off the lights could have been a trigger for that child or others. I can’t imagine what this mother is feeling and the teacher too. More importantly the child should feel like school is a safe place. Instead of tearing down every aspect of this situation, how can we build up mom, son and teacher? What would that require and are we willing to do that?
Special needs children should have their own room.
And Chimborazo is a “good” school in the neighborhood?
@Jeb – That’s a incredibly broad statement, about an incredibly broad spectrum of students.
There are a subset of students who spend the majority of their day in an isolated classroom, but the are also many many students who have a recognized need who spend some or all of the school day in regular classrooms.
With many of these students, you would not know that they have any kind of extra situation going on. Others may have a more difficult time learning the material or need it presented somewhat differently, but certainly don’t warrant being isolated from the mainstream students.
I had a few incredibly bright students who had identified behavior or attention issues that certainly made them difficult at times, but who definitely needed to be in the most advanced possible classes.