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Teacher acquitted for arm lock on 5-year-old

TT/The Local · 4 Oct 2010, 17:54

Published: 04 Oct 2010 17:54 GMT+02:00

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“I’m going to show you what police do to children like you,” the woman is alleged to have said as she twisted the boy’s arm up behind his back during a confrontation in January of this year.

The boy’s mother happened to come by and saw what happened while the rest of the boy’s class sat and ate in another room.

The teacher was charged with molestation and although she admitted grabbing the boy and pushing his face down against a desk, she denied that her actions amounted to a criminal act.

The teacher explained in her testimony before the court that she felt forced to restrain the 5-year-old to get him to calm down.

The boy had thrown things around the room, including at the preschool teacher, and said that he was also going to start throwing things at a window.

The teacher said that on a different occasion she had attempted to hold the boy on her knee, but that the approach hadn’t worked.

The district court wrote in its ruling that it can be seen as a “justified measure” to take hold of a 5-year-old and attempt to calm him down, even if one can question the appropriateness of the method employed by the woman in the case.

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However, continued the court, the teacher didn’t intentionally behave recklessly toward the 5-year-old.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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18:27 October 4, 2010 by Douglas Garner
As a foster parent in Texas, I was trained in alternative methods of discipline and restraint. Yes, there are other ways of restraint that might have proved adequate and less offensive to the parent... On the other hand... in the heat of the battle, particularly if the child has medical-psychological disorders, you tend to use whatever method you think will protect yourself, the child, and property.

What methods are attempted can depend on relative size and strength, physical conditions... can you sit down with the child in your lap... are you facing the child, can you get behind? Sharp objects? Is the person a hair grabber? Previous episodes...

There are many questions to be answered before one can be very critical of this case.
20:32 October 4, 2010 by mikewhite
In UK English at least, "molesting" when associated with "child" has the connotation of sexual abuse. If this is not intended I suggest the wording be changed to avoid legal issues.
20:35 October 4, 2010 by voiceofreason
An adage in my language says that "lessons you don't learn at home, you will be thought outside" Clearly the parents failed to teach respect and orderliness.

As for the whole issue going to court and press, I wonder what as happened to the school board, and many other avenues of getting redress and mediation.
21:45 October 4, 2010 by StockholmSam
Gonna have to agree with Voiceofreason here. The parents have failed the child so far, leaving it to the teachers to discipline/train/teach the child the lessons needed to be a functioning, contributing member of a community. The school board also needs to be held to task as this child might not be a good candidate for a regular school. Medical or mental issues might need to be addressed in a highly specialized environment with teachers trained to deal with special-needs kids.
21:46 October 4, 2010 by ooh456
So at what point did the child get molested? Does the author of this article understand the English language?
22:11 October 4, 2010 by wxman
She got a couple of points for the half Nelson, but later the little tyke threw her down and pinned her emeging victorious in the match. ;~)
22:25 October 4, 2010 by procrustes
Anyone, in this climate of child protection extremism, working with other people's children must be nuts. The extremism is a social fad based in many sociological factors, but for now anything involving children is radioactive. Drunks and all manner of people desperate to find a reason, just something, anything, to feel good about themselves have taken up the "cause" of protecting children. What can be more pure, more heroic than protecting children?

One does not want to attract the focus of these spiritually drained people--they care not for justice, they care not for truth, they only care about creating an appearance of goodness. And if the illusion is good enough, they might, they just might believe it themselves for a bit. They will rip your heart out for a few moments of respite from self loathing.

Evil always stands in the shadow of good.
23:20 October 4, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
Is the title changed? It was talking abou molestation an hour ago.
01:00 October 5, 2010 by MorbidMiss
I agree the use of the word Molest does not seem appropriate in this context.

I must also object to the blaming the parents. Unless you specifically know those people who are you to say they are doing a bad job with their children? There are a number of reasons for outlandish behaviors in children and not all of them have to do with Parenting. Being on the Autistic Spectrum being only one of them.

Having some experience with that issue in particular I would say that restraining the child really depends on the child. It works with mine, it does not work with every kid on the spectrum though.
04:23 October 5, 2010 by Tennessee Thunder
Swedish Child=Juvenile Delinquent in training.
05:33 October 5, 2010 by Da Goat
well said procrustes right on the money!

people need to grow a backbone and they need to teach their own to behave and become something useful to society

we need to go back to the village system where if you misbehaved you copped it from any relative or teacher or even elder! political correctness is only correct in name only, PC is mostly wrong!
10:06 October 5, 2010 by Youdee

Spot on. I taught for seven years in the US and could clearly see that most parents did all they could because siblings of kids who had various disabilities were well-behaved and easy to work with. I observed the same thing when my kids were in school in Sweden.
11:03 October 5, 2010 by rafa1981
Of course, it looks like today the system tries to create you problems and frustrations instead of solving it.
12:40 October 5, 2010 by Audrian
For the teacher, the easiest way out of this mess should have been to report the child to the parents and probably suggest that they attend their child's class for a few days and help in controling and disciplining the child.
09:37 October 6, 2010 by Tdye
this is what is wrong with the world today...kinds need to be spanked..nuff said.. look at any wildlife..ALL of them disipline their offspring through contact.. they dont set them in a corner and tell them it is the time out chair..it is pointless and doesnt work.. 20 years ago when you could spank your kids...98% of the kids grew up to be contributing members of socity..now a days...kids are rotten, killers, theives,rapers,among other things
22:10 October 6, 2010 by Schwoebel
If the teacher was a man, he'd be in prison.
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