Friday, December 19, 2014

School calls the cops on tantrum throwing preschooler

This was the schools fault more so than the police. The school called the police and failed to handle the situation appropriately. I wouldn't put the blame on the police who are only trying to do their job and assist. Obviously the police aren't trained to deal with tantrum throwing four year olds, but the school should have been. I taught a pre-K and Kinder combination class before and had a tantrum throwing four yr old in my class and I never would have called police. The principal or the school psychologist maybe, but not the police. Most often if you move others away from the student and ignore the behavior they will calm down on their own. If they become a danger to themselves or others, by hitting, throwing things then the student should be removed, but not by handcuffs and sent to the police station. This is definitely a failure on the schools part, not the police.

Officials at a Virginia school turned an allegedly misbehaving 4-year-old preschooler over to law enforcement, where he was put in handcuffs and shackles and ordered to talk to jail inmates, according to a legal group intervening in the case.
The unnamed student, who was enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program at Nathanael Greene Primary School, in Stanardsville, Virginia, was removed from the classroom Oct. 16 after allegedly “becoming agitated and throwing several items onto the floor.”
“That such extreme restraints would even be contemplated in a case such as this points to a failure by those in leadership to provide the proper guidance to school personnel in what forms of restraint and force are appropriate when dealing with students, especially the youngest and most vulnerable,” said a letter sent this week to school district officials by John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, which was asked by the mother to intervene.
“It is imperative that Green County Public Schools take steps to assure [the student's mother] and the rest of the community of parents and concerned citizens that what happened to [the student] will not happen again to him or other students of similar age,” Whitehead said.
The letter said policies should make it clear that handcuffing, shackling and other “excessive restraint techniques are never appropriate when dealing with children of tender years.”

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