So one of the things happening in my neck of the woods these days is a special needs teacher is in trouble. This teacher was having trouble with a non-verbal autistic child. Said teacher slapped the child across the face causing a tooth to come loose. Teacher now has a court date to face criminal charges but I don’t know what charges or at what level.
The child is 6 years old, and described as 4 feet tall, weighing 66 pounds.
Teacher is reported as claiming she was in fear for her life.
The parents of the child are asking or suing (not sure which) for $2500 to cover immediate medical costs, a public apology and “other appropriate measures”
My take is this, the parents realize their child can be difficult to deal with at times but feel the “slap” was not appropriate, and the “other appropriate measures” can mean anything from they feel the criminal charges the teacher is facing are the correct course to they don’t want to get in the way publicly of anything to they are waiting to see what happens and may bring some sort of suit later if they don’t feel teacher was punished enough.
My question for those of you who are parents of children with autism or otherwise with some form of aspergers, how credible is this teachers claim of fear for her life? Keep in mind what is posted above is all I know at this point.
For the Lawyers and Parents alike;
What is your take on the parents reaction to this?
What would your reaction be if it were your child?
What level of criminal charges do you think the teacher should be facing? (In my mind the teacher commited battery of a child so some sort of criminal prosecution is appropriate)
Should the teacher face any civil prosecution by the parents and or the school district?
Should the teacher lose her teaching credentials? Permantly or temporarily if you think yes?
Ok, I guess that was more than one question, but those are the ones that I’m interested in right now.