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RE: anger management


From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Mar 30 2001 - 16:22:32 PST

If the parents will not accept other help, like placement in an ED unit, I
agree the best way to protect others is to start pressing charges.

The small school cooperative here pools resources to serve special needs
students. I worked as a sub at the school that housed the ED unit. Most of
these kids had been abused and were currently in foster care or adoptive
homes. They had a skilled teachers trained to deal with them including
physical violence. They actually had 2 padded rooms for children who became
violent. These rooms were very large and were there for the safety of the
students. The one from the elementary students was only used for naps, or
when a child was stressed and asked for some quite time. I never saw that
door locked. The kids who enter in lower elementary do very well, are often
mainstreamed fully by 4th - 5th grade.

The older unit had more violent students (often because they had not
received help earlier). They used the room more frequently. I still saw
great results from the JH unit. When mainstreamed the former ED kids at the
JH level, were much more mature and centered than their classmates. They
could verbalize their frustration and were more comfortable asking for help
both academically and with social interaction. Their request for help were
often very specific about what they did and did not understand and were for
clarification not the do it for me request I heard from "normal" classmates.

All the children also receive intensive counseling provided by the county
health or protective services. (I'm not sure which). They still could
receive counseling after being mainstreamed, on an as needed basis
especially if the abuse was sexual.

Kimberly Herbert (
CAM Administrator
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

-----Original Message-----
From: Fields, Linda []
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2001 12:27 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: anger management

I agree in philosophy with the responses to Paulette's situation. However, I
really feel that Paulette should press assault charges even though this is a
young child. That may be the only way to get her the help she so desperately
needs-obviously the parents aren't going to do it. If the child doesn't
receive help-and soon- the next time Paulette, or another teacher or child,
could be seriously hurt or worse. All the reasons and excuses in the world
don't protect flesh and blood from harm. Several years ago I faced a similar
situation, only with a high school boy. I pressed charges-one among many on
his record. A few months later he was convicted and imprisoned for murder. I
am not normally frightened by children of any age, but this one, for some
reason known only in my gut, I felt threatened by this one (even before he
picked up the chair.) We teachers can't do this alone-the courts and the
rest of society must get involved. Meanwhile, it is our obligation to
protect the rest of the children in our classroom-and ourselves. Paulette
has my sympathy and my empathy. BTW-the first item listed in the job
description for a North Carolina teacher is maintain order. Protecting the
health of the child is second or third-teaching is fourth. Interesting, huh?
Linda in NC