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Special Ed Teacher Arrested For Sticking Autistic Boy HEAD FIRST IN TRASH CAN

Posted by on May. 7, 2015 at 9:46 AM
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A special education teacher at a Georgia elementary school was arrested on Monday for allegedly sticking a young autistic boy in a trash can — head first.

The incident occurred on April 30 at Mount Bethel Elementary School in the suburban sprawl north of Atlanta.

The unidentified second-grade boy was participating in an after-school program at the taxpayer-funded school at the time, local Fox affiliate WAGA-TV reports.

According to an arrest warrant for the teacher, Mary Katherine Pursley, the boy had come in from outside “screaming” about a second boy hassling him in some way. He “wouldn’t calm down.”

Pursley, whose actual teaching role that day is not clear, appeared and told the boy he could end up like Oscar the Grouch.

“If he had trashy behavior like Oscar, he’d go to the trash can,” Pursley explained to the autistic boy, according to the warrant.

The boy’s behavior presumably did not change because, next, police say, Pursley picked the boy up by the legs and slowly dropped him into the trash can, until he was in up to his shoulders, despite the boy’s pleas that she stop.

As an aside, Oscar the Grouch is a green, ill-tempered Sesame Street character who lives in a trash can and enjoys trash immensely. Of critical importance, however, Oscar rises head up from his trash can residence. The Muppet’s feet are very rarely seen, however, and no one ever dangles them over a trash can.

Three school employees witnessed Pursley’s actions, police believe.

The single count against the 21-year-veteran teacher is cruelty to a child. It’s a first-degree felony.

After her arrest, she paid a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.

A school district spokeswoman, Jennifer Gates, provided a lengthy comment explaining that the district had no comment.

“It is a personnel matter and no comment can be given,” Gates told The Marietta Daily Journal.

“Safety and security of Cobb students continues to be our No. 1 priority,” she added. “Our attention is on making every remaining day of school for our students safe, healthy, engaging, meaningful and focused on academic excellence.”

Meanwhile, school officials have placed Pursley on administrative leave. With pay.

She makes $68,230 annually.




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barnowl73
by on May. 7, 2015 at 9:52 AM
What a crock the school needs to be fined and that bitch should never be allowed to work with kids again. Every penny of pay she gets from the time this happened intill she is convected IF That happens should go to the boy.
Greyzmama
by New Member on May. 7, 2015 at 9:56 AM
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Between this and the crazy bus driver i read about this morning im really starting to understand why parents are leaving the public school system. What is wrong with these people? She needs her ass kicked.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2015 at 12:06 PM

In my day, this was routine. Wasn't special ed classes.

Ms.KitKat
by on May. 7, 2015 at 12:10 PM

I'm glad she was arrested. But WTF?????! about the paid leave?!

That poor boy. He most likely had no idea what the teacher was referring to when she made a comparison to Oscar. 

DawnPratt23
by on May. 7, 2015 at 12:11 PM
She will be back. If it's like the Florida hot sauce teacher, a Judge will order that she keeps her job.
http://ww.nydailynews.com/news/national/teacher-put-hot-sauce-kid-crayons-job-back-article-1.1547003
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Ms.KitKat
by on May. 7, 2015 at 12:14 PM
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Teachers would put children in the garbage?! in your day.

In my day, we either had to stand in the corner or put our head down on the desk. Or write 100 times "I will not..." on the blackboard. But the garbage? No, never.

Quoting EireLass:

In my day, this was routine. Wasn't special ed classes.


Lady_Facetious
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2015 at 12:21 PM
What the fuck? It does not seem she is fit to be around children in a teaching capacity
Lady_Facetious
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM
Seriously?

Quoting EireLass:

In my day, this was routine. Wasn't special ed classes.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Yea. If you acted up, the teacher might plop you in the trash can. If you were really rude he might grab you by the shirt and hold you against the wall. Chewing gum usually meant wearing a hat with a stick and string attached so it would hang down in front of your face. I never had this happen, but have seen it happen.

Quoting Lady_Facetious: Seriously?
Quoting EireLass:

In my day, this was routine. Wasn't special ed classes.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2015 at 1:39 PM

We had those things too. I never had those. Well, I did have the corner a couple times. But generally, the punishment was for kids who were totally out of control, or they were just disrespectful fools.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

Teachers would put children in the garbage?! in your day.

In my day, we either had to stand in the corner or put our head down on the desk. Or write 100 times "I will not..." on the blackboard. But the garbage? No, never.

Quoting EireLass:

In my day, this was routine. Wasn't special ed classes.


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