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November 02, 2005

Now "time-out" is cruel?!?

From Dateline Alabama...

A Charleston County teacher was reprimanded for putting cardboard around a student's desk and keeping him isolated from his classmates for two hours.

"This is just unbelievable," said Caren Weldon, whose 9-year-old son was disciplined. Weldon serves as president of the PTA at the school, Charlestowne Academy. "I don't care what any child does, you don't do that."

Weldon said sections of a cardboard box were put around her son's desk of her son, Robert Willingham II, last Thursday as punishment for talking during class. The boy could see the ceiling, but not the rest of the classroom.

Principal Edward Tichi told the teacher, who was not identified, it was an inappropriate punishment and not to use it again, said Charleston County School District spokesman Jerry Adams.

Yet the "recommended" alternative—forcing the kid to take a powerful Schedule II narcotic, which produces many of the same effects as cocaine or amphetamine, and has killed hundreds of children already—is not considered abusive or cruel?!? The mother is the one that need to take a pill...a chill pill, and let the teacher—who seems to be the only one with any common sense in the situation—do his/her job.

This one needs to be filed under "Raising an Axe-Murderer 101".

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 2, 2005 05:22 AM

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Maybe the mother should try homeschooling her child. If she thinks she can relegate her child to the public school system and still maintain complete authority while he is there, she is misguided at best. I think the best cure for her would be for her to try dealing with her child twenty-four/seven. I find it maddening when you hear of parents complaining about how the public school system isn't doing its job. Nowadays, people assume that the public school system's job is to raise their children for them. When their child receives discipline, though, they balk. Try raising your own children. The more you have to spend time with them, the more likely you will be to raise them so they are people you *want* to be around.

Posted by: Firefly at November 6, 2005 12:17 AM

And, yes, that might include a few time-outs.

Posted by: Firefly at November 6, 2005 12:20 AM

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