Sunday, February 14, 2010

Let's talk about the discipline of children with disabilities, including putting in handcuffs and paddling. What about the termination of a special education teacher who protested the paddling of her autistic student.

This stuff keeps coming. In Mississippi a teacher's contract was not renewed because she told another teacher that corporal punishment should not be used on a child with Autism - the child would not understand. This happened when the special education teacher learned that one of her students had been paddled by another teacher.Okay, that sounds like a lot of school districts - but - the worst is yet to come - The federal court held that the teacher's speech (in admonishing her paddle-swinging colleague) was not protected by the First Amendment. For more of the story - go to http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=22602

Then a six year-old girl handcuffed for classroom behavior - Maybe equally shocking is the fact that 50% of those responding to the newspaper's poll felt that this conduct by the police and the school authorities was appropriate. This public reaction helps explain the challenge we face in our efforts to rein-in school use of... restraints and seclusion.Please click on the link below to watch the news video.http://www.wpbf.com/news/22526263/detail.html

2 comments:

  1. If you go to my fb page you will see a video clip of an enraged teacher brutally attacking a 13 year old student. The subject of the restraint, seclusion, and outright physical abuse of our children must be discussed. We need to figure out a way to make this stop.
    A recent legislative attempt in Florida was amended at the last minute so that it weakens the intended protections.
    Let's discuss what is happening and how to protect our students.

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