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  •  What's a school supposed to do with (1+ / 0-)
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    Anna M

    this:

    School sources said Dennis had punched an assistant principal the day before he acted out in class. The sources also said he broke glass in an office door a week earlier.

    There comes a point where the school's tools just don't rise to the issue.

    •  Criminal behavior (3+ / 0-)
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      GAladybug, Historicus, Odysseus

      needs to be addressed.  Violent behavior isn't acceptable.  My question here is what did Dennis get away with when he was younger and why wasn't it addressed before it reached criminal levels by non-police methods? And what is the cause of his anger issues? Why wasn't anyone paying attention to him before it got to this point?

      Arresting children for throwing a spitwad, or for burping or for scribbling on their desk- that's not criminal, it's childish and needs to be addressed by teaching, not handcuffs and mugshots.

      All knowledge is worth having.

      by Noddy on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 08:31:47 AM PST

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    •  Punched faculty and broke glass? (3+ / 0-)
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      Noddy, PsychoSavannah, Anna M

      What's incredible is that the kid wasn't suspended or expelled and thus unable to "act out in class" the next week or next DAY. It seems harder and harder all the time to effect such removals, though, as teachers are forced to keep more and more unruly cases in the "mainstream" classroom.  So the cops now get called for things that schools used to be able to deal with directly just fine.

      My sister (8th grade teacher, shudder) has to deal with this all the time--she sends them out for disruptive behavior and even violent outbursts, and the office sends them back, sometimes the same day.  She can't touch them directly, the school won't back her up, and the parents either don't care or are abusive to her for daring to suggest their little angel is a problem, so she's actually had to escalate with her principals by threatening to hold her classes in the main office (she did it once--walked them right down there, books and all).

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