The issue of teachers bullying students is more common than you think.
Just watch this video of a six-year-old kindergartner getting roughed up by a teacher in the hallway. The school explained to the boy’s parents, Anthony and Autumn Nelson, that it was no big deal. Before having access to the video, they received a letter about the incident, which led to the 10-day suspension of Barb Williams, but after they viewed the surveillance footage they couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
“You can see where she grabs at his face; she slams him against the wall. We thought it was just a little incident that happened; you know that’s what the school made it sound like. All of a sudden, we get this video today and this is just outrageous,” said Anthony Nelson.
Ian’s mother agrees.
“He was in the other room, and I watched it out in the kitchen and I just started crying. I burst out in tears. I called my mom, I called his mom, I started calling everybody saying ‘I don’t know what to do,’” she said. “He’s scared of her, even going to the school next year, even the year after he’ll still have to see her if she’s present in the building. That’s probably going to scare him.”
The family hopes Williams will be terminated from her position.
While the focus of bullying has been on kid-to-kid abuse, it’s not uncommon for educators to be the ones who abuse their power over the children they are supposed to protect.
Usually, bullying by a teacher or principal is a highly complex situation to recognize, address and resolve. Luckily, for this particular family, the mistreatment was caught on tape.
Why are abusive, potentially dangerous teachers let off the hook so easily?
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