Teaching a Lesson, or Breaking the Law?: Should Teacher Who Allegedly Had Students Hit Class Bully Face Criminal Charges?
A Texas teacher was fired after being accused of ordering her students to line up and hit a fellow classmate. She claimed she was trying to teach the 6-year-old a lesson for supposedly being a bully. Another teacher involved is on paid administrative leave, but the parents of the child want criminal charges pressed. Amy Neely, the mother of the kindergartener who was allegedly hit, said, “I want her teacher’s certificate gone. I don’t think she should be able to be around any children, teaching in any capacity.” So, do the parents have a case?
Former Prosecutor Jeffrey Gold believes that this teacher could be charged with assault and child endangerment.
Criminal Defense Attorney Regina Tsombanakis said, “I think this is a case of good intentions gone really bad. I don’t think the teacher intended to maliciously inflict pain, but was perhaps trying to teach a lesson to this child about what it feels like be hurt and humiliated by bullying other children.” She went on to say that she believed the teacher should be reprimanded, but not fired.
Gold said, “Anybody who thinks that you should line up 24 kids and they should paddle or hit the alleged bully in this case doesn’t understand how to teach.”