The teacher’s aide involved STAPLED a note to the head of the child involved.
Read that again.
She stapled a piece of paper to the skin of A CHILD because he forgot a water bottle at home.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
As if that wasn’t enough, the punishment didn’t fit the crime, friends.
The aide was simply reprimanded. A note was placed in her file. She kept her job. She’s still working in classrooms with children. She faced no criminal charges.
Her punishment was a NOTE– a warning. Do people really need to be warned that they shouldn’t staple things to the head of other people? I thought that was really just basic common sense. Do we need warning labels for staplers now?
And the child involved?
YouHe’s afraid to return to school and rightfully so. I cannot even begin to comprehend the emotional damage this woman cause to this child. His trust was breached and she succeeded in breaking his trust of people he hasn’t even met yet.
She also broke the trust of the parents for every single educator they have to hand their baby over to. I can’t even imagine how they can stomach the idea of sending him to school anywhere ever again.
As a parent you have to be able to trust the people who’s care you leave your children in.
If you’re a parent of a special needs child you need to have that blind faith and trust even more so.
All children are vulnerable, but a child with special needs is even more vulnerable. It is not unreasonable to expect that you can send your child to school and not have them return home with having had a paper stapled to their head by their classroom aide…or their teacher…or the janitor…or anyone.
This is not okay.
Not holding this woman accountable for her actions is not okay.
The school board, the superintendent, the principal, the teacher, and the aide involved all should be ashamed of themselves.
They failed this child and in failing to protect him, they are failing to protect all the students in their charge.
They need to do better.