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GYM TEACHER CHARGED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FORCE A STUDENT INTO A POOL

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2015 at 2:47 PM
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GYM TEACHER CHARGED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FORCE A STUDENT INTO A POOL

http://abc13.com/news/teacher-charged-for-forcing-student-into-pool/405214/

Gym teacher charged
A gym teacher was caught on camera dragging a 14-year-old student towards the pool after she refused to get into the water

A California high school teacher is facing a misdemeanor injury to a child charge after students filmed him dragging a 14-year-old girl into a swimming pool during class, ABC affiliate KXTV reports.

In the 95-second long video, the teenage girl kicks the air and screams that her swimsuit top is falling off as Danny Paterson forces her into the water. The teen had refused to get into the pool because she had special plans that night and didn't want to ruin her hair. 

The physical education teacher wouldn't take no for answer.

The girl's family is being represented by Stockton attorney Gilbert Somera. She says Peterson should have punished the girl academically instead of resorting to physical force. 

"This isn't a situation where she's attacking a teacher and he's defending himself. When a woman or a 14-year-old girl says no, it means no," Somera said.

Paterson, who has worked in the Stockton school district for more than 10 years, was immediately placed on paid leave for one month. When word came around he was facing a misdemeanor, the school was forced to put Paterson on paid leave again.
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TheMommyTaxi
by on Oct. 29, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Ok, physical force was unwarranted, but seriously!  The girl didn't want to wreck her hair?  How is that a legit reason for refusing to participate in class?

atlmom2
by Gold Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Our school doesn't make kids swim.  They only have 5 days of gym a year in the pool and if you are terrified or won't then you can make up those 5 days by ice skating at the school rink out of school time and bring a signed paper by who is working the ice rink that you skated for 1 1/2 hours for each day you missed of gym.  Mine love the water and loved swimming in gym especially my oldest.   

Not wrecking your hair IS NOT an excuse.  I would tell my dd to get her ass in that water and who cares about her hair.  

tyrelsmom
by Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 2:59 PM
Well those parents have failed at parenting. He shouldn't have done it, but that isn't even close to a decent excuse for not participating in class. If she'd had a phobia of deep water or something that would be different.
dandynorm
by Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM
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Her reason was ridiculous. But seriously? If she refuses to get in the pool you give her an F for that section. You send her to the office. Something reasonable. But there is absolutely no reason he should put his hands on a student. And dragging her on the ground? Firing him should not be out of the question.
Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM
What the heck is wrong with these adults lately. She's a kid...a jackass of a kid, yes...but still a kid. She doesn't want to participate, then you mark her grade down, not put your hands on her. Why the escalation to violence in these situations? Are we all rage-a-holics barely holding it together until we explode over something ridiculous one day?
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Oct. 29, 2015 at 4:17 PM

This is old news.

Or is to attempt to prove a point?

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 4:19 PM
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Yes he should not only be charged but also fired. If the girl didn't want to get her hair wet give her a zero, write he up, send her to the office whatever, but to drag her, no.

If teachers can't have more restraint how in the world do we expect the students to? 

SamMom912
by Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM
Physical force is never OK!
Way to be the adult?!?!?
dandynorm
by Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 4:24 PM
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Exactly! People keep asking what's wrong with kids today. The answer is this. How do we expect immature kids and hormonal teens to act better when they have so many adults behaving this way?

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Yes he should not only be charged but also fired. If the girl didn't want to get her hair wet give her a zero, write he up, send her to the office whatever, but to drag her, no.

If teachers can't have more restraint how in the world do we expect the students to? 

motherslove82
by Gold Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 4:27 PM
If she was afraid of the water or didn't know how to swim, then I would be more sympathetic. What the teacher did was wrong, but the student was wrong to.

Removing in her from the class, by force if necessary, because she refused to comply or was causing a disruption is one thing. Dragging her into a pool is another thing. Either way, she should have done what she was told to begin with.
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