How Should Teachers Handle Violent Students? (Reader Response)
Helen Cunningham responded to The Dissenter’s coverage of a new ACLU lawsuit which alleges a Kentucky sheriff handcuffed two disabled children in their school:
Forgetting about the thug sheriff for a moment — there is a real issue here when children with disabilities in school become violent. My little cousin was victimized constantly by a little girl with disabilities who spat at her and punched her in the face in public. The school said they had no resources to constantly monitor the girl — the only alternative was to home school, My cousin changed schools.
Here is an NEA document.
I don’t know what the right answer is.
Helen shared this document with us:
It is a very tough issue. I do not know the answer either. I do believe that handcuffing children with disabilities cannot or should not be part of the solution. That only escalates and adds to outbursts or mental health crises.
I think we can all agree that it sounds like the sheriff acted inappropriately. What can schools do to ensure everyone gets a good, safe education?
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