November 16, 2010
I believe that the actions of the teachers are very unethical towards the students. I tried to put myself in the place of a teacher whose class is been disrupted by an unruly students. I am sure he/she tried to handle the student in many various ways, but nothing was helping. They are under pressure by their workloads, funding decreasing but students and parents demand from them more they can give. I can understand disciplining the unruly student, but I cannot get pass a student tied down and their mouth taped shut. What would have happened if that child had choked on their spit or vomit? I have a child diagnosed with ADHD since the age of four, and now he is 15 years old. He is not a bad boy, he is like the young student in the article, and he is very hyperactive. He is in trouble so much in school when he was in the 5th grade to the 8th grade. The high school assistant principle called me in before he was to come to high school to talk about his disruptions. In the four years in middle school, he has accommodated over 133 ISS and 3 OSS.
I cannot, being a parent of an ADHD child condones restraining a disabled child. He or she might feel they are suffering enough through life and do not realize what actions they are doing. These restraints on children have to investigate. If the child is harming themselves or other students then restrain them for protection, but I cannot see how a parent justifies this being okay with them. This is a form of abuse and these barbaric acts on a child are something is in need of investigating.
In conclusion, I think this act of restraining children is unethical. There need to be a special kind of facility to deal with children with acting out or misbehaving due to no fault of their own. Teachers need to be better trained, I am sure their patience is short by the pressures they are in. Restraining a child with a disability and taping their mouths are so wrong. That is...