I received this note from a Georgia teacher and am sharing it with the author’s permission as it provides an example of why a school might resort to bringing in police to respond to even elementary schoolchildren:
This note outlines a frightening experience the teacher’s own child had this week because of an out-of-control classmate who was clearly a danger to himself and others:
As a public school teacher since 1990, I have seen my share of unruly students. I do not doubt that incidences sometimes require police intervention and even warrant the use of handcuffs. Below is an account of an incident that occurred yesterday while my fifth grade daughter was taking her math CRCT. This is her written statement:
“Today at CRCT this boy got stuck on a question and started kicking the table. The teacher told him to stop.
He ran to the curtains and wrapped himself up in it and started humming. He found this sliding door and went in and found a wooden board and started beating the wall with it. Then he started cussing out the teacher saying ‘Get out of here before I beat your a** up.’
This other little boy looked at him and then the boy said, ‘What the he** are you looking at?’ Then, the teacher evacuated the class into the hall. On the way the boy came out and took the board and pushed all the stuff off the tables with it. Then since we were so close to him we were moved to another room. He ran out the front door over the railroad tracks and around the block.
The teacher couldn’t touch him and some city workers and the police had to grab him and put him in jail until his mom came and got him. And before that he started shooting birds at people.”
The teacher wrote at the end of his note: “Normal school misbehavior should be handled by school authorities. When the behavior becomes criminal such as destroying property or becoming a threat to people in the school, law enforcement must be allowed to handle the situation according to their training. I am glad no one was physically injured. The emotional trauma some of the students suffered will have a lasting impact.”
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog