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Teachers face child abuse charges for dragging blind boy through school by his feet (VIDEO)

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Surveillance video that shows a teacher dragging a 6-year-old student on his back down the hallway inside Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe has her on administrative leave, police said.

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Surveillance video from Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe shows a two teacher dragging a 6-year-old student down a hallway. 

Two teachers in New Mexico are facing child abuse charges after the school released a video showing them dragging a blind 6-year-old boy down a hall by his legs.

The teacher told cops that the special needs child at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe refused to go to another classroom, so she dragged him there, local TV station KOB reported.

In the video, one woman can be seen towing the little boy by the ankles as he lays on his back. A second teacher joins in, while a third walks with the other two, watching the troubling incident.

Santa Fe Police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns told KOB the teacher has worked with the boy for a long time and that the two had a good relationship.

"We don't believe the teacher was intentionally trying to hurt the child, but our problem is the blatant neglect for his safety," Dobyns said.

"The boy's parents like this teacher,” she said.

 

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The boy wasn't hurt in the incident. The two teachers are facing child abuse charges. 

 

The boy complained that his head hurt after the dragging, but otherwise wasn’t seriously injuried, the station reported.

The two teachers who dragged the boy would face child abuse charges, while the third teacher could face punishment for not reporting the incident.

The Santa Fe district attorney was reviewing the case, KOB reported.



by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:24 AM
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That is wrong, and not an approved method of transporting a child. Have these people never been trained in NVCI (NonViolent Crisis Intervention)?

I work in a class/program for kids with special needs at the high school level. Our division does support inclusion, but inclusion is not appropriate for the kids I work with. Every single one of the 3 teachers and 24 EAs in our program has current training in NVCI (most if us just refreshed last month actually).

We would never drag a student like that, we wouldn't carry them either since most teens are too big for that. Now having said that, I'm sure most of you would have been horrified to see us restraining a student last week.

Because of his size (6'1", 200+lbs) we can't do the usual NVCI restraint, but we do have another, approved restraint for him and a couple other students. Basically the student is 'taken down' (eased to the floor) and there are at least 5 people restraining him, 1 on each leg and arm and one on the head - not 'on' on, but holding. We have had to have 7 of us on the big guy, just because he is so big and strong.

I know it probably sounds wrong and I'm sure it looks terrible to the untrained, but we don't do it to punish or 'teach a lesson'. A restraint is always a last resort when other methods of de-escalation have failed and the student is in danger of harming themselves or others.
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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 2:47 AM
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I think most of this thread is mom-speak for, "Bitch, drag my kid down the hall.  See if it gets you where it got them.

Yeah, there's no defending that crap, I don't who you are.  Doesn't need to happen. 

ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 5:37 AM
Before I read the story I just thought they were having a little fun with him. His manurisums* screamed I'm having so much fun keep going keep going. I see nothing wrong with it. We drag our DD on Our hardwood floored hallway all the time. It's fun to her she laughs and giggles the whole time.

They might have made a mistake but I think a train class or two would have been enough.
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ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 5:40 AM
How do we know he didn't. It looked to me like he was having fun.

Quoting lga1965:

 


Quoting LntLckrsCmQut:


Both of my kids would have enjoyed being dragged down the hall. :\


 But they aren't blind and I assume you wouldn't be angry as you drag them down the hall, right? That is a whole different thing. The teachers were losing control and abusive.

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suetoo
by Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Do you really think this was the first time that child acted out? I bet the parents have been called, the principal has been called a dozen times already. The big problem with our badly behaved school children is lack of discipline and consequence. What do parents want the school to do? I see a lawsuit against the school district in the near future....$$$, oh boy. I imagine the parents drooling over the settlement. In my world, my child, blind or not, would apologize to the teachers and never refuse to go to class many more times. I feel sorry for those teachers, in real danger of losing their profession. Trust me, they aren't there for the paycheck.

witchybabymomma
by Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

 Did they really think that was acceptable??

witchybabymomma
by Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

 Do you really think a teacher abusing a child acting out or not is ok???

As a parent I would want those teachers banned from ever working with children again.

Quoting suetoo:

Do you really think this was the first time that child acted out? I bet the parents have been called, the principal has been called a dozen times already. The big problem with our badly behaved school children is lack of discipline and consequence. What do parents want the school to do? I see a lawsuit against the school district in the near future....$$$, oh boy. I imagine the parents drooling over the settlement. In my world, my child, blind or not, would apologize to the teachers and never refuse to go to class many more times. I feel sorry for those teachers, in real danger of losing their profession. Trust me, they aren't there for the paycheck.

 

AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I would *expect* me to be called if my child was being that disruptive - not for the teacher to lay a hand on my child. I *expect* parents to be held more accountable for their children.

Quoting Bieg9093:

 A few thoughts...

1.  I would have picked the kid up and carried him fireman style.  But that's me.  I'm pretty sturdy, no back problems and it doesn't phase me when kids pull my hair.  I've never dropped a kid whom I was carrying.  But after seeing that, I may consider using their dragging techinique in the future.  It's much safer for both the child and the teacher.  I don't for a second believe that bs about it hurting his head.

2. What exactly do people WANT educators to do when children completely refuse to comply?  Are they just supposed to wait forever?  Are they supposed to ask all the other kids to just ignore highly disruptive students?  I know a high school where a single girl refused to comply with final exam testing rules.  Then she refused to leave the testing room.  The school decided to move EVERY OTHER STUDENT to another room rather than forcing the delinquent to comply or leave.  Does ANYONE really think THAT'S a good idea?

3. When educators actually stand up to kids who test limits, it teaches the kids to respect the limits.  When teachers are forced into the role of candy-asses who can't make kids follow rules or directions, it undermines the education of the child in question AND that of every other child who witnesses it. 

4.  Kid obviously didn't mind being dragged overmuch.  If it bothered him, then he would have chosen to walk.

 


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff: we have traditional gender roles, we're Catholic, I'm Libertarian, he's Republican, we're both conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee














AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I'll agree that while I find the way they handled it unacceptable and I would be pretty peeved, I don't think this is "fire worthy" or "child abuse" worthy.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

Before I read the story I just thought they were having a little fun with him. His manurisums* screamed I'm having so much fun keep going keep going. I see nothing wrong with it. We drag our DD on Our hardwood floored hallway all the time. It's fun to her she laughs and giggles the whole time.

They might have made a mistake but I think a train class or two would have been enough.


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff: we have traditional gender roles, we're Catholic, I'm Libertarian, he's Republican, we're both conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee














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