Classroom Bullies: Teachers Abusing Students

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Classroom Bullies: Teachers Abusing Students
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 8:05am

I found this article online after seeing something about this on the news.

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Maybe she will retire soon? Or if too young, start her own family? Our kindy teacher never had kids of her own, and then retired after the year that my son was supposed to have her. Good move on her part. Also, it is amazing what having one's own kids will do for having a better and more understanding attitude, unless they have the so called perfect kids who, like the kids in Prairie Home Companion "Are all above average." (I have seen that one a lot from parents who can't understand why other people's kids don't act the same as theirs.)

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I would have taken Nathaniel out of that class but I was so confused.

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Urg. Suspending kids in Kinder really gets me. The same teacher we had also had our friend with high functioning autism. He also got suspended for some meltdowns. I think she wanted him to not put his hands over his ears while the kids were singing. It was not disrespect, it was just something he couldn't stand. The mom finally got him transfered to another teacher for the rest of that year, with a trained aid, and things went well. The next year they gave him an untrained aid and he ended up homeschooling after getting suspended 3 times. (Because he hit kids in line who were taunting him because the aid wasn't with him when she should have been.) Yes, I still get angry about it all too!
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Nathaniel's K teacher was much like that. I am sure I have told the story before about how she belittled him in front of the class b/c he could not sing the ABC song b/c he was the line leader to go to lunch and that is what the line leader does. Years later when he was diagnosed w/ Dyslexia it brought into light why he had not been able to sing the ABCs. But his Kindy teacher would not let it go with him at the time and the situation escalated to my son crawling under a desk, having a meltdown, me being called and then they suspended him for 3 days. I still get angry when I think about it and he's in 5th grade now.

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I saw that one actually later in the morning...the first one I saw was on my local news and I went looking for info. on it online. Then it aired on The Today Show LOL.

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First, female bullies do it differently that male bullies. But yes, my daughter's kinder teacher was a bully. She would harange a boy for coming in late. (Mom was the one who got him there, the kid had no choice what time mom left the house.) She belittled kids when they got things wrong. She told a boy going to speech therapy 4 times a week to not talk like a baby. Kids wet their pants rather than ask to go to the bathroom because she was so disapproving. The only nice thing I heard about this teacher was from a parent from the school that the teacher had transferred from who said that this teacher was the "nice" kinder teacher. (The other teachers at my daughter's school for K were much nicer.)

My daughter loved her. I was so sad that this was her first exposure to a teacher. (We didn't do pre-k as we couldn't afford it.) The next year my daughter got the world's best teacher for 1st (think Miss Honey from Matilda.) She was so sweet, but I kept hearing horror stories about upper grade teachers being inappropriate too, I think it was a system wide problem. In part because of some of this stuff, we decided to home school. (Better curriculum was a bigger part of the home schooling.)
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Was this the story you saw on the news?

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/45302872#45302872

Thank goodness in this case, the parents believed the child since the school repeatedly did not. This makes me SO angry. :smileymad:

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Isn't it sad to think that this could be going on at school, by the very people you trust to educate your children? My son had a teacher last year who I felt was really inappropriate in some of the things she would say. I don't know that it was bullying, but just not the patient discipline you'd expect from a Kindergarten teacher. She'd embarrass the kids in front of each other, say things like "So-and-so think's he's being cute, but he's not." then DS would come home using some of those phrases on his siblings.
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