Is It Ever OK To Handcuff A Child If He Or She Cannot Be Controlled Any Other Way?

Posted 6 years.

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  • I'm a teacher too - 6 years ago

    It's a shame this had to happen to the little girl, but sorry, she clearly brought it on herself. Calling the cops on an eight-year-old, or any student, is nobody's first choice, believe me! But the people who work at that school have to consider the safety of all the other children; the world doesn't revolve around any one student's moods and 'tudes.

    I'm tired of reading these kinds of news stories, really. Child raises a ruckus, messes up school for everybody else, probably scares a lot of her classmates half to death, but then when people at the school do what they have to do, the parents go running to the press and it's boohoo, boohoo, poor little princess.

    And while the parents can tell the reporters anything they like, the teachers and school administrators can't really say much because they're charged with guarding the child's confidentiality.

    To answer your question, Alla, no child of mine would be tearing up the classroom and raising that kind of hell at school in the first place. But if it did happen, no way would I run to the press about it - I'd be too ASHAMED. Also, anyone in the future who's thinking about hiring the girl, or admitting her to college, could easily have this story pop up just by googling her name. Great job, Mr. Keeton, putting your niece on public blast. "My Child's a Hellacious Brat" is the kind of story most parents (or guardians) would bend over backwards to AVOID having all over the news...at least if they have any damned sense themselves.

  • Also a teacher - 6 years ago

    It's a shame this had to happen to the little girl, but sorry, she clearly brought it on herself. Calling the cops on an eight-year-old, or any student, is nobody's first choice, believe me! But the people who work at that school have to consider the safety of all the other children; the world doesn't revolve around any one student's moods and 'tudes.

    I'm tired of reading these kinds of news stories, really. Child raises a ruckus, messes up school for everybody else, probably scares a lot of her classmates half to death, but then when people at the school do what they have to do, the parents go running to the press and it's boohoo, boohoo, poor little princess.

    And while the parents can tell the reporters anything they like, the teachers and school administrators can't really say much because they're charged with guarding the child's confidentiality.

    To answer your question, Alla, no child of mine would be tearing up the classroom and raising that kind of hell at school in the first place. But if it did happen, no way would I run to the press about it - I'd be too ASHAMED. Also, anyone in the future who's thinking about hiring the girl, or admitting her to college, could easily have this story pop up just by googling her name. Great job, Mr. Keeton, putting your niece on public blast. "My Child's a Hellacious Brat" is the kind of story most parents (or guardians) would bend over backwards to AVOID having all over the news...at least if they have any damned sense themselves.

  • barbara - 6 years ago

    My concern is what or who has harmed this child to the extent that she has learned to try and protect herself in such a frightening way? I have worked with children who behave this way out of fears of being harmed. If the handcuffs incident results in her being treated for learning verbal ways to express her sadness I am for it. I worked with an child who grew from an out of control child to a teenager who required this kind of intervention. It saved him from being jailed and killed. This child is clearly the victim and I pray that child protection will provide her with a therapeutic setting to assist her. Early intervention
    is a very useful tool.

  • Tracy - 6 years ago

    There are some very out of control kids out there. These parent can't or are not willing to control these kids so they ship them off to school then cry foul when the school has to take some action to bring them under control. The school's hands are tied. You can't discipline the kids anymore and the kids are acting more mature and dangerous each year. To the people who said NO, what do you suggest? Apparently you've never had to deal with these kids. I have and "it ain't easy'" The reason you keep hearing these stories is because there are few choices left.

  • Brenda - 6 years ago

    With the school ayatem like it is, what this is telling me is that because of the way, the school, teachers and Principle could not touch the child. Because then the parents would say the school was too rough, so they had to call the police and maybe just maybe, the people and child will learn that it could happen again . How do you reckon with cihildren and parents.? I totally believe in spanking by the school. I got a couple when I was in elem. It made me respect the teachers and Principle. But the system now is something the peop-le need to get together and solve the problem. Everyyear when my children were in school, we had the choice to spanking or just a lillte slap on the hand. And I think that most peop-le would agree that just a slap on the hand is nothing.

  • have children - 6 years ago

    Yes, this is to stop all physically movement. It stated that this is not the 1st time and it won't be the last. The child need to be check, you don't want her to grow up doing this because she can't have her way. And where was the guardians when the school needed them.

  • Alla - 6 years ago

    People who said YES, should think what if this happened to their child? Whould they say YES? I don't think so.

  • Candice - 6 years ago

    I deal with children everyday that are physically abusive, and neither them or their guardians have consequences. They have the false notion that nothing can and will be done to them. It is not ok for an adult or bystanders to be abused by children just because they do not know how to act.

  • Anthony - 6 years ago

    To keep the child from causing bodily harm to self and others ,yes

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