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Question: What Constitutes Teacher Abuse?

We want to know what you think of the recent arrest of an elementary school teacher.

, in which a special education teacher slapped a student, twisted a student’s wrist and was charged with other allegations, Patch would like to know what you think constitutes teacher abuse. And what should the repercussions be for the teacher if she is found guilty?

San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said that no children were seriously injured. Should this make a difference in how the teacher is sentenced?

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John Foley February 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM
First of all--- this poor woman has NOT been convicted of anything other than poor judgment of working in the Redwood City School District! Teacher abuse? Perhaps putti g up with dysfunctional parents is a form of abuse. Students notoriously KNOW their word supercedes that of the teacher in most cases. A colleague received a recording of a kid admitting he LIED about a teacher but the district still smelled blood. The board needs to do sweeping changes in the district office---personnel dept!!
jen l. February 14, 2012 at 02:15 AM
This article constitutes teacher abuse. Your first paragraph states allegation as fact. Grab your pitchforks, good citizens, tie a millstone around the woman, throw her in the pond and if she sinks and drowns, she's innocent, and if she floats she's a witch.
Laurie Schmeck February 18, 2012 at 04:41 AM
While you may have a valid point John that students today are notoriously disrespectful and know that they can get away with a whole lot more than when I was a kid, this is a completely different situation. This is a Special Education teacher. My son is in a special education program in another school district, but I can tell you that it is a completely different issue. The classes are generally smaller, some have behavioral issues associated with their diagnosis, many are non verbal and some lack any way to effectively communicate, which often is the reason for the behavioral issues. Imagine knowing what you want and having no way to communicate that...pretty frustrating. I'd like to know more about what exactly happened in this situation before making a judgement call, but I do believe that Special Education teachers must be held to a higher standard. I'd like to know who reported the incident, the disibility of the child, what kind of support was in the classroom meaning the adult to child ratio...etc. Parents and administrators need to be able to trust them in this situation. These are children who are the most at risk in our society to have bad things happen to them, they generally unconditionally love and trust their teachers, school is the last place they should have anything bad happen to them.
Dorie Johnson March 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Would you consider it abuse if an Aide tried using physical restraint against a non-combative Autistic Kinder to get him to do what she wanted? She grabbed the Kinder child by his arms and he began resisting her and flailing around, she continued to hold his arms to try and get him to do what she wanted. When the child really began to struggle she let go of his arms and he fell into a heap in a frog like position face first onto the floor. I witnessed this on my 2nd day in this class as a Sub. Special Ed. Tech. 3 weeks later she basically does the same method on another 2nd grade Autistic child, but this time picking him up like a very angry parent and placing him hard on the floor. Is that abuse? Apparently not, I took this last incident and asked questions to the Principal Trish of Roosevelt School and Scott in the RCSD, they felt it was all within guidelines I guess. What everyone should be asking is why then did they move me out of the room the very next day? If there was no abuse and no concern, why move me for asking about this Aide's methods. I saw this and much more from this Aide toward these students. I filed a CPS report, and Jan Christensen can meet with me a week from today. VERY CONCERNED SHE IS..NOT!
I hear you March 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Dorie you are very brave. Thank you so much for being strong and putting the children before your own job security.

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