Student Abusing Teacher

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  1. AFWifeNTeacher

    AFWifeNTeacher New Member

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    Ok so one of my students hit and kicked me and pulled my hair today. It was pretty scary, the rest of the kids in my class were horrifed. Of course my mentor teacher was out for training! I wrote the child up and had someone from the office came to get him (since I was not able to get near him to take him to the office).

    Here is this issue, the student is Autistic. So my fear is that the office will overlook the behavior and nothing will be done. Since the incident happened at the end of the day, I think the child was unable to meet with the principal.

    So what should I do? Do I just leave the situation alone? I dont want to rock the boat, but his actions are out of line!
     
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  3. ViolaSwamp

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    I myself was 'beat up' by a rather tall autistic 7th grader because his computer wasn't working. Knowing the child I did not take it personally. The screams of the other students (they were freaking out while I was the calm one) only provoked it. I could not quiet them because raising my voice (to be heard over their screams) would have further provoked him. I know I should have taken him out when the group of students came in (we'd been alone before). I knew it would be too much for him.

    I know you are horrified as this is not an okay behavior. Unfortunately you'll need to look at it from the kid's point of view to prevent this in the future. He is learning appropriateness and skills of how to cope with frustrating situations. Does he have something to do or somewhere to go when he needs to de-stress? You need to learn to watch him. Learn his behavior, anger phrases, and the things that might set him off. When you see him escalating you need to calmly mention it to him. You'll have to facilitate a successful environment for him because he is not self aware enough yet.

    Ask the principal to not let him into your classroom in the morning until the student has had a debriefing with the principal and possibly his parents. You need to talk with his case manager. Have you read his IEP? It may outline a de-stressing process made just for him.

    Please know I'm not putting blame on you. It is a very hard to understand disorder. Things like self awareness that should be second nature are not to most on the autistic spectrum and that is very hard to understand to people who are not affected. Which is one reason why I too got beat up.:rolleyes: Good luck!
     
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    AFWifeNTeacher New Member

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    I understand autism and have had a great deal of experience with students who have the disorder. I understand that they can become easily angered. However, I also know this child. I know that he is aware that his behavior is inappropriate. He continued to be agressive to push buttons and see what he could get away with, not because of an uncontrollable behavior issue.
     
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    Well, then I would definitely talk with principal to keep him out of the classroom until this is settled and his parents definitely need to be at the meeting. Perhaps this should result in a short term suspension of some kind. I would bring along some of your best and brightest students as witnesses to your attack when you meet with the principal. I'm sure your mentor knows this kid and will back you up with the principal if need be.
     
  6. TexasAggie2323

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    I had a student threaten that he was going to break my nose in class. I thought he was joking until I told my cooperating teacher about it and she immediately wrote a refferal because he had already beat up a women in my school district.
     
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    OH MY Gosh!!! Well, I would never have let that stand!!! Kids are getting out of hand nowadays, and I don't care what anyone says, but I say KICK HIS BUTT!!!!!!!!

    *** okay.. that's first reaction ***

    You know if I were to become an established comedian, during one of my stand up comedy acts I would say this... "... kids nowadays are getting outta hand. Now we need to have metal detectors at schools, there are kids shooting up the schools and what not, but you know the only way to stop this problem? Reinstate corporal punishment. Kids won't act that way if they knew that they would get their butts whooped"

    We have soft teachers... yeah I know, that students need to be NURTURED.. but really... there has to be a line. We as teachers might see the line, but the courts won't see the line. So go as far as the border. Why not shake the hell out of the kid? or while you are in your defensive state, you might accidentally fall on the kid or step on feet or have a seizure? That's for those who don't cross the line. I know I'm gonna get it now... but someone has to say it. ATTACK!!!!!
     
  8. JaimeMarie

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    How old is the student that attacked you? Have you had restraint training? It sounds like you need to meet with the special education teacher, a behavioral specialist and your principal. Discuss your options and then schedule a PET. It sound like the student needs a one on one.
    The last two yrs I have worked with student that have punched, kicked, spit, pulled hair. I have come home with bruises. More so last year. My students were only between 5 and 6 yrs old.
    Good luck.
     
  9. Tiny

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    If you ask me, you should talk with that particular student on how their actions proved wrong. I am Not a teacher, but I plan on becoming a teacher in the nearby future. Discipline has sparked on plenty of debates now days. However, I will NOT get into the debating area; I will just say "The Board Of Education." The way I look at it, a conversation NEVER hurts the student, physically or mentally. Just speak with that student, if it is to ever happen again. Speak, and make your students share a bond with you. That way, your students will respect you much better, and you WILL feel much better about yourself. Just try it, and if it does NOT work with a particular student, you should be thankful for at least trying. If that talking does NOT work correctly, or as planned, I recommend sending that student to immediate counseling. It is ok to use harsh punishment, or paddling on a particular student at times, but like many educators say...try the other methods first before delivering Corporal Punishment on another person's kids. Try the options. Just give conversation a try! Just do it!
     
  10. swsmith63

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    Wow. All I can say is...hats off to you brave teachers in SpEd.
     
  11. shadowrose45

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    Ummm isn't corporal punishment illegal in most states? I thought it was illegal in all states, actually. I know it is illegal where I live.

    I've worked with Autistic kids. The school will likely do a manisfestation hearing before deciding on what to do?

    "knowing' a behavior is inappropriate and being able to stop that behavior are often two different things.
     
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    QUOTE=shadowrose4"knowing' a behavior is inappropriate and being able to stop that behavior are often two different things.
     

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