Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Teachers suspended with pay for breaking up fights?

According to an individual posting on the Indy Star web site, Indianapolis Public School teachers have been put on administrative leave pending an investigation after students have alleged the teachers used excessive force in breaking up a student altercation.

Wow this is tough. Liability issues have the entire nation under siege. Administrators are afraid not to treat these seriously until the facts are sorted out...but now the teachers will be afraid to get involved which is the WRONG message also.

Tough spot.

Here's the link.

Here's an excerpt:
Several teachers have been suspended this year because they were involved in
breaking up fights. After the fights were stopped, a student alleged that he or
she was the victim of a teacher using too much force to separate the combatants.
Principals must report the allegation to Child Protection Services and IPS Human
Resources. The teacher is then suspended with pay pending the CPS investigation.
The mere fact that this suspension and investigation have happened becomes a
threat to the career of the teacher.


At Wednesday, November 09, 2005, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

So students have a right to beat each other with no fear of intervention? Boy, I'm glad I don't teach at that school. I'm waiting for the next step, which is then to sue teachers who observe a fight and do nothing (out of fear of being suspended for intervention) for not protecting fighting students from the consequences of their actions.

At Thursday, November 10, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

ms cornelius,

Ironic isn't it. Two students fighting, complaining about someone breaking up their fight forcefully.

I guess we could try, "Pretty Please??"

At Saturday, May 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Student 1: "I'm going to Kill You!"
Student 2: "I'm going to Kill You!"
Teacher (yelling): "Stop this! Go to the office!"
Students 1 and 2: "Principal Smith, he yelled at us for no reason. I'm calling my mama!"


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