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    Teacher Arrested for Shoving Autistic Kid

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    THIBODAUX -- Assumption Parish school officials have not decided whether a teacher, arrested for shoving an autistic student face first to the floor after he refused to change clothes for a gym class, will continue to work for them.
    Jimmy Harrison Jr., a first-year teacher and coach at Pierre Part Elementary School, was charged with one count of simply battery last week in connection with the May 2 incident. The 11-year-old student Harrison allegedly shoved was not injured, police officials said.
    "It was enough of a shove from behind to knock him down face first and cause him to hit his face and lose his glasses," Assumption Sheriff Mike Waguespack said, describing the incident, which was taped by school surveillance cameras.
    Harrison, 29, 171 La. 1003, Belle Rose, has since bonded out of the Assumption Parish jail. His bond amount was not immediately available.
    Assumption schoolsí Superintendent Earl "Tibby" Martinez said Tuesday his office has not yet made a decision on Harrisonís job status.
    "It was investigated by my staff after it was reported," Martinez said. "I canít go into what came up. That would be going into personnel issues.
    "Mr. Harrison is still working," Martinez added. "He and I talked yesterday and will talk in the near future."
    Martinez declined to discuss the nature of their previous conversation.
    Two teacher aides and five students witnessed the alleged May 2 incident, Martinez said. The superintendent added the special needs student was in a regular physical education class when the incident occurred. The school also offers an adaptive physical education class, though some special needs students participate in regular classes.
    The investigation took three weeks, Waguespack said, because the child had to be interviewed at a child advocacy center in Thibodaux and witnesses had to be interviewed.
    "We were a little slow to investigate because we had to work around studentsí and teachersí schedules," Waguespack said. "We wanted to make sure we covered all of our bases because this is such a sensitive situation
    I'm beginning to feel our little ones just aren't safe at school anymore!!

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    What is wrong with these teachers? Have they lost their mind?
    (BTW-Where is Assumption?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by philamena View Post
    What is wrong with these teachers? Have they lost their mind?
    (BTW-Where is Assumption?)
    Apparently they have philamena!!!! How do we trust our children at school anymore...It's very scary!
    BTW...Assumption Parish is Thibodaux..

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    hey there czechmate!
    Isn't it scary that at least 3 cases of teachers abusing students has come out in the past 2 days?

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    I've noticed there has been a lot of abuse and indignities hurled at kids with autism. This needs to be investigated and Stopped!

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    Personally I believe the chidren have been experiencing abuse for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond Belief View Post
    Personally I believe the chidren have been experiencing abuse for a long time.
    Oh yes, you are right, but I'm getting the feeling some people are getting more blatant about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czechmate7 View Post
    http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20...acher_arrested



    I'm beginning to feel our little ones just aren't safe at school anymore!!
    This isn't the norm.

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    Paladin, do you have facts to base your last statement on?

    We don't know truly what the norm is, frankly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Paladin, do you have facts to base your last statement on?

    We don't know truly what the norm is, frankly.
    No, it's called common sense.

    Two or three kids get pushed down or humiliated in school, therefore none of our children our safe in school? Where is the logic behind that assessment?

    The fact that this man got caught and that there were witnesses shows me that the system works. One bad apple just got caught and hopefully he'll be tossed.


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    As parents we tend to rationalize, mostly to save our peace of mind.

    We are obligated by law, culture and parental duty to educate our kids. For the vast majority this means sending them off to school.

    We rationalize that statistically our schools are safe, the teachers are competent and everything is okay. This is human nature and there is nothing wrong with it. The old adage "It won't happen here" helps assauge our guilt at exposing our children to the outside world.

    However when events happen that shake our rationalizations, everything becomes questionable. Shootings at schools, pedophile teachers, bullying, drugs and abusive teachers. All of these make us doubt our decision and question our judgement.

    All we can do is remain vigilent. Listen to your children and go with your gut feelings. If something seems wrong, ask the awkward questions and get the answers you need. Prayer helps too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XcomSquaddie View Post
    As parents we tend to rationalize, mostly to save our peace of mind.

    We are obligated by law, culture and parental duty to educate our kids. For the vast majority this means sending them off to school.

    We rationalize that statistically our schools are safe, the teachers are competent and everything is okay. This is human nature and there is nothing wrong with it. The old adage "It won't happen here" helps assauge our guilt at exposing our children to the outside world.

    However when events happen that shake our rationalizations, everything becomes questionable. Shootings at schools, pedophile teachers, bullying, drugs and abusive teachers. All of these make us doubt our decision and question our judgement.

    All we can do is remain vigilent. Listen to your children and go with your gut feelings. If something seems wrong, ask the awkward questions and get the answers you need. Prayer helps too.
    Excellent post...

    Paladin...the statement I made wasn't meant to be taken as literal as what you preceived... I understand these are isolated instances...But as Xcom so perfectly explained, when several events come to light in such a short time, your reationalization of everything you once considered "won't happen here" become questionable.."well, maybe it could happen here"....should we be completely naive to think this can't happen to our own kids? We have totally failed them if we do!! It is our responsiblity to make sure our kids are safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin View Post
    No, it's called common sense.

    Two or three kids get pushed down or humiliated in school, therefore none of our children our safe in school? Where is the logic behind that assessment?

    The fact that this man got caught and that there were witnesses shows me that the system works. One bad apple just got caught and hopefully he'll be tossed.
    And that's wonderful that the system works when these folks get caught; but you have to wonder after the 1, 2, 3 that got caught....how many more don't get caught?? And where are they?

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    But you have to wonder after the 1, 2, 3 that got caught....how many more don't get caught?? And where are they?
    Yep. How many indeed?

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    I think it's as under-reported as rape is. I think it happens more than we will ever know to all kids, special-needs or not. I'm not paranoid about it or keeping them out of school, but I will definitely keep my eyes and ears MORE open.

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