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    AZ - Mesa teacher punished kindergartner by taking her top off

    A Mesa Kindergarten teacher has been booked into jail on 25 counts of indecent exposure and one count of child abuse after police said he removed a 6-year-old girl's shirt as a form of punishment.

    Thomas Washburn, 54, a teacher at Adams Elementary School, was arrested Wednesday when the incident reportedly occurred.

    Police said something upset Washburn, who started shouting in the classroom filled with more than two dozen youngsters.

    "She told me yesterday that he was really aggressive - telling them to shut up - real aggressively," said Israel Gonzalez, whose daughter was also in Washburn's class but is not the victim in this case.

    The outburst frightened the victim and she hid her face in the top of her shirt, officers said.

    The victim's mother said her daughter was born prematurely and is "developmentally delayed," according to a police report.

    Officers said Washburn told the girl to take her face out of the shirt and when she did not comply, he went to her and completely removed her shirt, leaving her naked from the waist up in front of her classmates for about 10 minutes.

    The girl broke down crying, police said. Washburn eventually returned her clothing.

    "Total humiliation," said Daniel Mercado, who has children who attend Adams Elementary. "What is she going to do now - from first grade on? What are the parents going to think of this? Not only her parents but other parents, other parents at the school like myself? I think he went too far. He went way too far."

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    WTH?

    This just absolutely infuriates me.
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

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    Just out of curiosity...I wonder how many Kindergarten teachers are men over 50?

    Kids that young oftentimes need comforting in school. This guy has no clue. Or patience. Or feelings. Or grasp of the emotional needs of 5 and 6 year olds.

    He probably gave these kids nightmares.
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    I can not even imagine! I am furious and just want to give that baby girl and her classmates hugs. Why would anyone think this is okay? I hope that teacher is punished severly. My daugher starts kindergarten in the fall and I would be beyond livid. I hope her family can get her through this so that she is not terrified of going to school. Sounds like her classmates have all had a rough time in that room to some degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oh_gal View Post
    Just out of curiosity...I wonder how many Kindergarten teachers are men over 50?

    Kids that young oftentimes need comforting in school. This guy has no clue. Or patience. Or feelings. Or grasp of the emotional needs of 5 and 6 year olds.

    He probably gave these kids nightmares.
    I have known several male kindergarten teachers who were wonderful. I've often thought it would be the only teaching job that my brother could handle- he just gets that age group.

    I have no idea what was happening with this teacher, and if this is true, he needs to be punished. It's like he had a nervous breakdown. And in today's teaching environment, I think we're going to see a lot more teachers have nervous breakdowns unless something changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    I have known several male kindergarten teachers who were wonderful. I've often thought it would be the only teaching job that my brother could handle- he just gets that age group.

    I have no idea what was happening with this teacher, and if this is true, he needs to be punished. It's like he had a nervous breakdown. And in today's teaching environment, I think we're going to see a lot more teachers have nervous breakdowns unless something changes.
    My brother's first grade teacher was male and he was absolutely wonderful - did a fantastic job at drawing my shy brother out of his shell, as was a great male role model for a few kids in the class who really needed one. It's a shame that people question when men want to be teachers or babysitters, because there are some great men out there doing this job.
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    OMG I would be in jail because I would go into mama ninja mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnaTeresa View Post
    My brother's first grade teacher was male and he was absolutely wonderful - did a fantastic job at drawing my shy brother out of his shell, as was a great male role model for a few kids in the class who really needed one. It's a shame that people question when men want to be teachers or babysitters, because there are some great men out there doing this job.
    My dd's school has a great 3rd grade male teacher, and a great male music teacher. They're great with the kids, and it shows.

    However, some men -- and women -- specifically seek out that role because they want to be close to children, and not for good reason. But that has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with sexual deviation.

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    This is bizarre and worrisome.

    What a horrible experience for that poor little girl.

    I dont see pedophilia here necessarily, but I do see a desire to shame which is equally disturbing in someone working with children.
    Ugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SapphireSteel View Post
    This is bizarre and worrisome.

    What a horrible experience for that poor little girl.

    I dont see pedophilia here necessarily, but I do see a desire to shame which is equally disturbing in someone working with children.
    Ugh.
    ITA with you. Has shaming always been used as a "tool" with kids in the classroom?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SapphireSteel View Post
    I dont see pedophilia here necessarily, but I do see a desire to shame which is equally disturbing in someone working with children.
    Ugh.
    Yes, I see nothing sexual about this. I do see it as either a desire to shame- OR somebody who had so much of a mental break that they saw the removal of a shirt as a way to force the child to not hide, and had no recognition that to most in our society being naked is shameful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oh_gal View Post
    Just out of curiosity...I wonder how many Kindergarten teachers are men over 50?

    Kids that young oftentimes need comforting in school. This guy has no clue. Or patience. Or feelings. Or grasp of the emotional needs of 5 and 6 year olds.

    He probably gave these kids nightmares.
    Of course I don't know this guy but it does seems just a bit creepy to me too. On the other hand I'm kinda gnarly and little kids love me. But this was just soooo wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southerncat View Post
    I can not even imagine! I am furious and just want to give that baby girl and her classmates hugs. Why would anyone think this is okay? I hope that teacher is punished severly. My daugher starts kindergarten in the fall and I would be beyond livid. I hope her family can get her through this so that she is not terrified of going to school. Sounds like her classmates have all had a rough time in that room to some degree.
    The really sad part is that she'll remember this for the rest of her life.

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    He sounds like a really mean and cruel person, unable to handle stress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Yes, I see nothing sexual about this. I do see it as either a desire to shame- OR somebody who had so much of a mental break that they saw the removal of a shirt as a way to force the child to not hide, and had no recognition that to most in our society being naked is shameful.
    It's that latter, imo, most definitely. I told you not to hide your face. Oh, you're still hiding your face -- NOW where you gonna hide? Nothing sexual, just extreme [insert whatever emotion].

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