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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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Paperfishies
by Silver Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM
I doubt it will fix anything but teachers need to be proactive in protecting themselves and the only way teachers can protect themselves is to call the parent to come get their kid when the child will not comply.


Quoting Bieg9093:

 Unrealistic.  And you assume that the parents have the power to change the child's ways if they'd just "wake up."  Don't assume that anything short of parenting camp will fix anything.


Quoting Paperfishies:

The moment a student won't comply a parent needs to be called and that parents needs to be told, you hve 10 minutes to get here and take charge of your child. If you aren't here the police will be called.

Parents bitch and cry no matter what. Lets disturb their work day a few times and maybe they will wake the fuck up.



 


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MamaBear2cubs
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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I do not care if he was hurt or not this is not how you handle a situation with any child special needs or not.

newmommy430
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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Why didn't they use a stroller? They use them at my son's school for the special needs students. They have all different sizes. My son has low muscle tone, so sometimes he needs to be pushed.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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It is NOT your job as a teacher to EVER "manhandle" a Child. I wish I knew where you worked because I would call and file a complaint.

Quoting Bieg9093:

 Not for a second.  Granted, I currently work with ages 2-5, so I pick up kids much more often than teachers of 6 year olds would need to.  But the idea is the same...when you send a kid to me to teach, I'm gonna do what's right for that child.  And if the little rugrat, be he blind, labeled or just plain ornery, chooses to put his little hands on his little hips and refuse to budge then I will be budging him.  Why?  Cause it's what he needs, it's what his peers need to see AND it's damaging to him to let him act like a brat.  I will do anything for the kids in my care that is good for them.


The obvious exceptions would be kids who are medically too fragile to be manhandled or certain situations in which I'd choose a different technique should the child have sensory aversions.


 


Quoting Mom2Phoenix2011:


 Please tell me you are tastelessly joking.


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.


 


 


 

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foxfroggy
by Bronze Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

A person with an attitude like yours has no business working with small children. 

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM
THIS.

Quoting newmommy430:

Why didn't they use a stroller? They use them at my son's school for the special needs students. They have all difference sizes. My son has low muscle tone, so sometimes he needs to be pushed.
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TrouserMouse
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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Disabled children have IEP'S that list their behaviors and challenges. They also instruct how each behavior should be responded to. I guarantee dragging the child was not an authorized intervention strategy. When teachers act outside of approved policies and procedures, they should have consequences.
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TrouserMouse
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM
Nope. He was not treated with respect or dignity. It is not okay at all.

Quoting MamaBear2cubs:

I do not care if he was hurt or not this is not how you handle a situation with any child special needs or not.

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tooptimistic
by Kelly on Dec. 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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From this comment, I doubt very seriously if you know how to work with special needs kids.  There is a difference between a fit a meltdown.  I refer to him as autistic because he is.  There is no way I put him a classroom where a teacher was clueless to kids with autism.  Yes, they need special accommodations (ever heard of an IEP) and someone who knows they are doing.  Autistic children usually have sensory issues on top of the autism.  This little blind guy may have sensory issues.  He may have been melting down not throwing a tantrum or just being a brat.  Not enough information is given.

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-tell-difference-between-tantrum-a-2925805.html

Picking one up at 2 is so much different than dragging one down the hallway at 5.  YOU DON"T DO THAT.

Just a sincere word of warning from someone who was a director of a preschool for years, be very careful how you pick up a 4 year old.  You grab his arm like the teachers in this video, and you dislocate his wrist, you will be in jail. 

There are many ways to teach children limits without getting to the point you are physically assaulting them.  Do you have a degree or a CDA?  

Quoting Bieg9093:

 I work at a nursery school.  I teach three year old classes.  Some kids start in my class when they are 2 1/2 and many turn 4 while in my class.  I also am temping for part of this year (pending eval results/cpse mtg) with a little dude in the 4 year old class.  He'll be turning 5 soon and is as impulsive a little guy as I have EVER seen.  He is like greased lightening and is a danger to himself and the other kids.  They assigned me as a one-on-one because the alternative would be kicking him out of school before a more appropriate placement can be determined and secured.  And that would be a shame.

I'm so fascinated that you keep referring to your "autistic son."  Is it okay for teachers to teach typical kids not to act like an ass, but we'd better not work too hard to teach the autistic ones?  Or do you think there's some high coincidence of special accomodations needed for both blind kids and autistic ones?  Let's just admit that ALL kids, regardless of what's going on up in their little brains, sometimes do the very typical thing called testing limits and need to be told "walk or I will carry you."

 

Quoting tooptimistic:

I very rarely had to call a parent.. Its called classroom control.

I did look at the video, and it were my austistic son, there would be hell to pay.

Do you work at a center?  

Quoting Bieg9093:

 In my children's elementary school, if the office calls a parent to school the parent might come up to the school.  Or the office might get a disconnected number.  Or the person who answers the phone can't understand English/relay a message.  Or the parent says they're coming and arrives 2 hours later.  I'm not exaggerating.

Add to that the fact that a 6 year old who wants Mommy or wants to go home and watch TV can use acting up as the golden key to getting EXACTLY what he wants.  How is THAT good for anybody involved?

Please look again at the video.  Does that child look like he's being abused?  He barely looks inconvenienced!  Whoopie for you that you go running for the phone every time a kid pitches a fit.  Me...I'd rather pick them up and carry them, and in doing so, TEACH them that bad behavior isn't going to get them what they want.

FTR, I don't abuse kids and I don't lock them in closets either.  I'll still probably carry rather than drag, just because it's worked for me so far.  But dragging is arguably safer than carrying.

Quoting tooptimistic:

OMG..

I am so glad my autistic son or daughter with a mic-key button will never will in your classroom!!  I taught kindergarten and ran a day care for YEARS. Never drug a single child.  Not once. Never locked one in a closet or abused them in any way.  If you were to do that in one of my centers, you would have been fired.  

If a child acted like that, we called his or her parent, and had the parent come pick them.  If a child would have refused to leave a classroom, the teacher would have called me, and I would have stayed with child until an adult got there for the child,  while the rest of the class went outside or the lunch room.

You don't drag a child EVER.

Quoting Bieg9093:

 Not for a second.  Granted, I currently work with ages 2-5, so I pick up kids much more often than teachers of 6 year olds would need to.  But the idea is the same...when you send a kid to me to teach, I'm gonna do what's right for that child.  And if the little rugrat, be he blind, labeled or just plain ornery, chooses to put his little hands on his little hips and refuse to budge then I will be budging him.  Why?  Cause it's what he needs, it's what his peers need to see AND it's damaging to him to let him act like a brat.  I will do anything for the kids in my care that is good for them.

The obvious exceptions would be kids who are medically too fragile to be manhandled or certain situations in which I'd choose a different technique should the child have sensory aversions.

 

Quoting Mom2Phoenix2011:

 Please tell me you are tastelessly joking.

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.

 

 

 


 


 


Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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1) Special ed kids, at least in TX, are not allowed to have corporal punishment used on them in the schools. I'm not sure, but there may be approved restraint/hold techniques that are allowed in the schools here, that include an escort hold. I'm not sure. Are you a special ed teacher? It doesn't sound like it.

2) Room clears are very effective with attension seeking kids, & are SOP w/SPED kids. Again, it doesn't sound like you specialize in this field.

3) SPED is different. Good luck with that attitude.

4) SPED kids are different & will tolerate things differently. You'd be surprised.


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.


 


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