Two Teacher's Aides Abuse Special Needs Students on Camera (allegedly)

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Most school teachers and administrators are professionals. But, when your kids are at school, you've essentially given up your ability to protect your little ones and watch out for them.

This can be a problem when your child is too young or naive to take care of herself, or perhaps intimidated by what goes on inside a classroom.

In Atlanta, two teaching assistants were caught on camera (allegedly) beating special needs students. (Play the news video above)

Let's break this down a bit: 

  • It's not one hired adult, but two (2) hired adults working together and caught on tape abusing students.

  • Next, these were teaching assistants. Where was the teacher?

  • And then, the students were special needs. The kinds of people in our neighborhoods who, in general, can't take care of themselves and need advocates to speak up for them.

  • Further, this compounds the problem with school bullying by students, because we also have to be vigilant about bullying by the hired adult staff.

  • Finally, this has been going on for some time at this school. As the news report says: "The woman who taped this says she thought something was wrong in the classroom, so she set up a hidden camera."

Special Needs in Our Family --

Let me share a quick story.

I have a relative with special needs. Today she's an adult. But when she was still in school her mom had to fight for her. She had to deal with education bureaucrats to get her daughter the care and attention she needed at school.

She had to jump through all kinds of hoops like IEP meetings, teacher's meetings, mountains of paperwork, etc. (And this wasn't including all the non-school related medical and insurance red tape the mother had to battle with.)

Long story short...

After one contentious IEP meeting the mother mentioned to me that she had to be careful not to argue too strongly for her daughter.

She had to be careful how she framed her arguments because she was afraid that if the staff got offended and wanted to retaliate, they would take it out on her daughter and could make it look like an accident.

At the time, I didn't believe her statement meant the school had a history of retaliation or taking anything out on the young students.

Instead, I felt she was simply voicing her gut, feminine instincts. Was she paranoid? Over-cautious?

Recent events in Atlanta prove that her prudence was well founded.

Homeschooling is a viable option for children with special needs...

Homeschooling a special needs child or non-special needs child is an option more families should embrace.

  • Your child gets more individual and customized attention.
  • Home school children tend to excel academically compared to their peers, or compared to when they attended school (if they transitioned from government school to home school).
  • It brings families closer together.
  • Home school children tend to develop healthy self-images.
  • And an adult (or two) won't abuse or manhandle your child because you just won't let that kind of thing happen, right?


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