Teachers Abusing Students

Educators are often taught to watch for warning signs that their students are being abused at home or in the community, but abuse also takes place within schools and teachers themselves can be the perpetrators.  Students with disabilities are the most frequent victims of these abuses, and with the mostly unregulated use of restraints and seclusion in special education classrooms this abuse can go on unchecked.   U.S. Representatives George Miller (D-California) and Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-Washington) are planning on introducing federal legislation to regulate the use of restraints and seclusion in schools.  This legislation is important in light of the numerous instances where students have faced serious mental and physical suffering as a result of mistreatment by teachers; in some cases students have even died from abuse in the classroom.

For resources and information on child abuse, go to helpguide.org.

After reading through the links provided, consider the following:

  1. What instances of school professionals abusing students do I know about?  What happened and how did the school district handle it?
  2. Do I know what to do if I suspect one of my colleagues is abusing a student?
  3. What can my school and/or district do to improve the safety of our students?  How will I work to make these changes?

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