I witnessed something rather disturbing in the Kindergarten classroom the other day. I took the kids down because they ran into my music classroom and some kids got hurt. I took them back to "try again". Meanwhile their teacher brought them in for a little chat. When the kids get in trouble she speaks to them in a very hateful voice. I witnessed her hounding a little boy to fess up to something that I know he didn't do. He fessed up because she is so intimidating. I felt horrible! I wanted to say "Well, actually it wasn't him...." But I didn't want to undermine her authority. And she's scary anyway. When the kids get in trouble they have to "go to bed" which usually means getting their coat or a blanket or whatever and laying down on the floor. Sometimes they'll lay there the majority of the day. While I was in there she sent 4 to bed and the one curled up on the rug by the door. She was treating them like dogs! The rest of the class she made stand up and put their arms above their heads. They had to hold them there for another 10 minutes until she finished reaming them out. I mentioned this to another teacher and she said this K teacher actually sent home permission slips giving her permission to use corporal punishment when needed. Is this even legal? I have no idea what else goes on in that room. I will say though, in a tough school, that is one well-behaved group of kids. When they're in my room, they cry at the mention of her name if they know it means they're going back. One little boy wailed at the top of his lungs all the way down four flights of stairs. I really don't want to rock the boat this late in the game but it just disturbs me. This same teacher has given me problems before too. She's very intimidating. She's a large woman who can't get around very well and spends most of her day behind her crescent desk. She has perfected "the look" and will stare at you until you cry. Seriously. Any thoughts?