Monday, May 26, 2008

What the Hell?

From Joanne Jacobs, a class voted a boy out of kindergarten!

Alex hasn't been back to school since then, and Barton said he won't be returning. He starts screaming when she brings him with her to drop off his sibling at school.

Thursday night, his mother heard him saying "I'm not special."

Barton said Alex is reliving the incident.

They said he was "disgusting" and "annoying," Barton said.

"He was incredibly upset," Barton said. "The only friend he has ever made in his life was forced to do this."

The child's mother filed a complaint with the school resource officer, who investigated the matter, said Port St. Lucie spokeswoman Michelle Steele said. But the state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed, Steele said. Port St. Lucie Police is no longer investigating, but is documenting the complaint, she said.

Steele said the teacher confirmed the incident did occur.

From what I can tell, this is a perfect example of class-wide humiliation that passes for 'discipline' in public schools. I think he was voted to leave the class for the rest of the day. I decided not to quote the parts of the article that discuss that the child may have Asperger's. That he may have an excuse for his disruptive behavior does not make his treatment any more acceptable. This was a deliberate attempt to humiliate a child into obedience. One does not get obedience from humiliation or manipulating 5 year-olds to give the result the teacher wanted (which is probably what happened given that most 5 year-olds are just learning what proper behavior is themselves no less how to judge others).

Appalling. These horrible types of systems are one of the reasons why I homeschool. In Connecticut the mother would refuse to bring the child back to school and then the school would ignore her letter of withdrawal and call the Department of Children and Families to investigate her for Educational Neglect.

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