Originally Answered: Does this cell phone video of a Houston Special Needs teacher beating up a kid show cell phones in schools.?
I personally think that schools wish to avoid cell phones because of the visual and audio recording capacity. Now, they claim it to be a distraction and a disruption....but come on....if all phones are off, there is not to much to disrupt...this is about control. Schools really do not wish kids to be able to record some of their naughty secrets, such as abusive personnel.
This lady is obviously very physically abusive, however there are personnel that bully kids physically and emotionally too. Some demean, provoke, threaten, berate, humiliate, cajole, and antagonize students beyond belief. And no one talks about it. It is like the BIG elephant in the living room that is destroying everything in its path, yet, no one talks about it despite everyone in the house knowing it is there. This is called a dysfunctional setting which describes many schools throughout the nation.
Most every child (regardless of age...Pre-K through High school) can tell you of at least one that fits the description of a bully. They are everywhere as it is a world wide problem, not just a national one.
This by no means includes all educators, as there are many teachers whom are altruistic, giving, and utterly fantastic and can pull the best out of kids by continual positive reinforcement, which is the real key to motivating people, including kids and adults. However this is not true across the board.
Teacher bullying is a world wide problem and the only way to solve this problem is to rid the obstacles that continue to keep these people on the payroll and in the system. In the United States, this refers to spineless administration and teaching unions that often come to the aid of the abusive teacher. Now that probably will not happen in this particular instance, being there is nationwide uproar about this instance. However once a teacher is tenured, they are very hard to rid. Teaching is a profession and like all professions should be regulated and scrutinized for public safety. However many abusive personnel are protected by the teaching unions and sometimes good ol boy administration locally, and instead of being out and out terminated, they are shuffled from school to school and thus able to abuse more captive students in their charge.
Personally, I believe this entire charter school in Houston should be investigated, as teacher bullying if often indicative of a pattern. This lady was caught red handed because of a cell phone, however what about the students she has probably harmed prior to this instance, which was not video-recorded?
I am relatively confident that this is not the only student whom has suffered from her wrath.
Furthermore, what about the teaching personnel that witnessed this and did nothing to intervene? They should be fired and criminally prosecuted as well, as this omission of their intervening, led to this boy being harmed physically and emotionally. I really could care a less if this was a catholic school, a charter school for the disciplinary problem kids, or a nursery school. Violence and bullying is wrong.
Additionally, adults are supposed to act as role models for kids, and I certainly want no child of mine mimicking this sort of behavior from this teacher.
That woman is a disgrace to the teaching profession, and I agree, she should face criminal charges as well. Hopefully in addition to being terminated, she will be prevented from working in any other setting around children.
I am all for cameras in the class room with outside monitoring. I have had discussions with many teachers over the years who disagree with this, however I believe a good teacher could care a less, who is in observation of their class time, as they are doing their job and not harming kids in their wake. Only the questionable or out and out abusive ones (emotionally or physically), do not wish for someone to be looking in over their shoulder, as being caught, may threaten their livelihood.
See link below about teacher bullying, which is rarely talked about, however happens often and has been happening for many years. However like you pointed out above in your commentary, it is getting more and well deserved attention, due to the age of modern technology (i.e cell phones). It is a very intelligibly written report by a PHD educated individual in Springfield OH, who studied many on this subject.
Also see link below by Jordan Riak, who is a hefty advocate in CA to eradicate the abuses that have gone on in schools for years. He is a former teacher. Excellent reading from a respected and outspoken advocate.
Parents must listen to their children. The teacher is just not always right!
Stay involved. Involvement and awareness help solve problems! You sound as though you and your family have a good head on your shoulders and care about others. Continue to ca