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Teacher faces assault charges

TT/Clara Guibourg · 4 Jun 2011, 09:30

Published: 04 Jun 2011 09:30 GMT+02:00

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The teacher's aide, a 46 year-old woman, had been employed by the municipality for 27 years, and had spent a decade working at the current school.

The dramatic event occurred in a Gothenburg school's recreation room full of ninth graders, where the woman faced the difficult task of keeping the rowdy room under control. The 15 year-old boy's antics with the waste basket were the last straw.

According to the teacher's aides own statement in a police interrogation, the room immediately turned completely silent.

The woman was suspended with pay the same day, and three weeks later she was fired from her job.

Colleagues at the school have questioned this decision, opining that this is too harsh, considering the woman's long employment and previously good work.

However, the school's principal and the boy's parents feel differently. On top of the dismissal from her workplace, the woman is now facing assault charges.

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"The boy had a large white mark from the pointer, and ruddiness around the area where it hit", the principal told Göteborgs-Posten.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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10:37 June 4, 2011 by calebian22
"..and the boy's parents feel differently."

"No one should ever lift a finger against our little angel! The teacher just misunderstood our little precioukins."

The teacher should whack the parents too.
10:43 June 4, 2011 by Antonito
I really need some orientation. If I see somebody is going to commit a crime and avoid it hitting the aggressor. Will I be punished by that?. One day I pushed a guy and forced him to leave the tunnelbana because he was touching his parts in a very improper way in front of two girls. I am lucky I am not facing assault charges.
11:23 June 4, 2011 by Miss Kitten
As teachers we're expected to take as much of the mental and physical abuse from the students as they feel like dishing out. However, we're not allowed to touch them nor are we allowed to intimidate them. This means we're not supposed yell at them or speak harshly to them. We probably aren't even allowed to give them a dirty look because that might be considered "intimidation."

We yell at them anyway. :)

A colleague of mine once got in between two students who were fighting and received a nasty black eye and a cut forehead because of it. If she had even put up her hands to defend herself or wipe the blood out of her eyes then the boy's parents could have had her arrested for assault.

We teachers are at the mercy of your little angels. You'd better discipline them yourselves because we can't.
11:59 June 4, 2011 by muscle
and then the parents wonder why schools arent doing enough to stop "bullyism"

yea right! disoriented parents!
12:00 June 4, 2011 by just a question
this is why nobody wants to be a teacher nowaydays.
12:01 June 4, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Kid needed to be whacked and so do the parents.
13:41 June 4, 2011 by muscle
lets start a drive "whack the parents!"
15:28 June 4, 2011 by Dazzler
Where does the line form?
18:09 June 4, 2011 by Soft Boiled
I agree with a lot of the comments.. its ironic that as you get older the less rights you have (unless you are a criminal).. Im not talking about the right to deal out punishment but the "right" to be dismissed from your job because of a percieved wrong-doing. I wonder how far the child would be aloud to misbehave before he/she was suspended or expelled? Something is very amiss in Sweden and people don´t seem to care.
02:24 June 5, 2011 by muscle
actually i agree that yes, teachers should not be allowed to hit the child. I understand it's a very difficult situation, but under only under extreme conditions, should she take such action as hitting the student. like someone going to hurt somebody physically is an example.

Coming from Pakistan, I know in some schools teachers were brutal, and it just killed the desire to go to school. But then again there were some teachers who used to come in class and such a perfect lecture they used to give, that students used to respect them a lot naturally!!!! These teachers were really soft spoken. I guess its not just in your teaching style, but also in the teachers personality!

But the main thing that all of us need to understand is, the duty of parents to be strict with kids. I remember, when I used to do something wrong when I was a kid, i used to get the punishment depending upon the severity of the act! Sometimes just scolding, sometimes a slap (extreme case like beating some kid). Yes, I used to hate my parents at that time, but then again it taught me what is wrong and what is right. But it was at a very young age, when I could take the right path or the wrong path. It was for my own good!

You (the soft parents of sweden) try to be polite with the kids to teach them what is right or wrong, don't forget that in real life, one needs to pay a huge penalty when he or she commits a crime. At that time you will not be there to save your kid's ass, and the courts or general public will not be as polite as you are. So please, if you want something good for your young kid be strict, even if you have to use force.

By the way, this shouldn't be made a law because laws are always misused by people.
08:45 June 5, 2011 by Tennisball
'the room immediately turned completely silent.'

Of course it did. For the first time in their molly-coddled lives, these kids saw that their actions have consequenses and it shocked them into silence. Teachers hands have been tied for way too long and the pupils allowed to get away with far too much. Without disciplne there can be no order.

Ok, so teachers are not allowed to physically punish children, so what are the aternatives? How can we force kids to respect teachers when the kids know they have carte blanche to act as they like with no come-backs?

One way would be to give the teacher the ability to exclude pupils from their class on a lesson to lesson basis if they behave in an anti-social manner. Follow this up with a letter to the parents explaining why their little angel missed x amount of lessons last week and maybe then the parents will start to take a little responsibility for the behaviour of their offspring.

This way, the children who want to learn can continue their education unhiindered by the moronic few who believe they are entitled to act as they please... and the teacher can reclaim some power of authority and have a say in what happens in the classroom.

I know the bleeding hearts out there will claim that 'all kids have a right to an education'.. but let me tell you.. all teachers have a right ot be treated as human beings. If things are allowed to continue as they are, not only will the standard of education carry on declining, but there will be no incentive for people to train as teachers.
10:05 June 5, 2011 by just a question
Let me tell you something. Students know that the educative laws protect them no matter what they do, so they take advantage of it. They know that if they complain about a teacher, this teacher is going to be fired in the future. Of course parents protect their children no matter what they do. So who is the one that lose? the teacher, always. The teacher needs to teach in a class where nobody respect him/her or even listen, and of course the teacher is not even respected in the community or in the workplace.
10:54 June 5, 2011 by swedejane
Teachers should definitely not be allowed to hit students; mostly because it will just attract psychopaths to the occupation. However, I do feel for teachers in this position...I sure could not handle that job. I don't know if they have it here, but in the US you get sent to the principal's office and usually will receive after school detention and/or saturday school. Maybe in the future these undisciplined kids can be assigned community service to go pick up garbage at the park or something.
11:11 June 5, 2011 by prince T
The parents should be ashamed of themselves. They are raising up a nuisance into the community Guess what they want to blame it on the teacher. Punishing the teacher is not going to remove the initial problem i.e bad upbringing.
12:31 June 5, 2011 by hjoian
Is this what swedish society find acceptable,that their children can wreak havoc in a place of education and not respect those that are there to teach them? In so many countries,education is seen as a privalage and teachers treated with great respect,yet here,education as a right seems to come with a very unhealthy attitude by some children. When i was at school,if you were caught talking or not paying attention while the teacher was trying to educate you,you could have a blackboard rubber or chalk thrown at you, verbal abuse was common,and one particular maths teacher would beat you across the knuckles with a steel ruler,on its edge! Slappings and being hit with a cane was considered normal. None of the above did me any harm,and was supposed to teach respect,maybe not the best way of doing it,but what can you do with a gobby teenager who knows everything? Parents have a big role to play in this,but as usual in Sweden even the rights of parents to berate their own child have been taken away. Watching a grown adult try to talk sense to some hysterical child who wanted a bag of sweets in a shop was new to me, it didnt work,kids brains dont work in a grown up way, are the adults here in Sweden so stupid.....sometimes everyone needs the shock of SLAP!
12:43 June 5, 2011 by johnny1939
Twenty seven years in the school no wonder she snapped!!! One can only take so much. when I was in school I remember being slapped by a teacher(private school they could do more). The teacher called my parents and told them what I had done to deserve this and when I came home I got another slap for bringing shame on them. Well maybe that is why I was damaged for the rest of my life? hehe. The way I see it, the teacher, was trying to protect another student from having his/her head cracked or whatever. The teacher should get her job back or at least be compensated for unfair dismissal. The "pretend" is the parents' story me thinks.
13:05 June 5, 2011 by PoJo
Wow, this is just incredible!

Why don't you put this woman to prison now, I wonder, as if her life wasn't ruined enough? She does not have a history of abuse, yet she is now charged with assault for a circumstantial action. Doesn't this go too far?
13:53 June 5, 2011 by Syftfel
The boy's parents should shut up! They are the cause of his behavior and obviously unfit to be parents! They created this useless little darling, selfish, monster. Throw the parents in jail, and save the boy.
14:21 June 5, 2011 by Douglas Garner
The problem is terrible! Not only do naughty or bullying children know that the laws prevent teachers from raising a hand... they also know that their parents cannot do anything either! Culturally, you cannot yell at your child in public... legally, you cannot spank them or even send them to bed without their supper.

Just to make it a little worse, I learned last week that while it is legally mandated that children wear helmets while cycling, they cannot be fined or penalized in any way if they are under 15 (age of criminal responsibility)! So, with that in mind... graffiti... go for it. Hit your teacher... why not! Heck, steal a car while you are at it... you will not even get spanked when you get home!!!
22:29 June 5, 2011 by countrysidedrive
No one should hit a child. No one. The child may have deserved it. But a adult should never hit a child even if you are extremely angry. The teacher should be fired. But the child should be punished as well. And his parents should take parenting classes.
23:29 June 5, 2011 by johnny1939
Yes punish the child. Give him/her a week 's vacation from school that will teach him/her!!!! Parenting classes is a waste of time w/ people since they resent being there and will only cause problems if you can even get them to go. People just don't have the time.
01:30 June 6, 2011 by muscle
I have a solution. tell the teachers to employ the services of 15 yr old bullies :)

The teacher cant hit fine..but the same age group kid can :)
04:58 June 6, 2011 by Amber Dawn
Since moving here, I have met nothing but relatively friendly people with good manners EXCEPT teenage boys. They are RIDICULOUS. My SFI meets in a big gymnasium school and every day I deal with these little angels. If you open a door for yourself, 10 will come rushing through. They walk 4 side by side down the hall and will not move for a passing person. They have fika in the cafe and leave all their garbage and bottles all over the tables, even though it's a "put your own crap away" kind of place. When confronted by the cafe workers, they either ignore them or laugh while walking away, leaving someone else to clean their messes. I have watched as they pull old papers out of their lockers and throw them either on the ground or on top of the lockers. The amount of garbage up there is crazy. Just last week one of the little dolls put something dead in one of the lockers and the whole wing of the school smelled like death. They stand right outside our classroom doors and beat on the walls and windows and if a teacher confronts them, they may stop for a bit, but they laugh and start again as soon as she returns to the classroom. They write graffiti all over the lockers and bathrooms. They have no manners and are overwhelmingly rude.

I have never seen anything like it. Each school should hire a full time whacker!
11:50 June 6, 2011 by soultraveler3
This is why nobody wants to teach anymore.

You can't discipline the children, you can't make them sit down, you can't stop fights and you can't even make them leave the classroom in many places anymore. It might hurt their feelings or embarrass them. It's such bs.
12:23 June 6, 2011 by Tennisball
@ Countrysidedrive.... you are wrong... some kids are crying out for a good slap.. telling them off is just fuel to the fire for them.. believe me, if a 15 yr old boy took a swing at me, I wouldn't be turning the other cheek. 15 year old 'children' commit murders and are involved in stabbings and shootings all over the world, sweden included. The only way these idiots will ever learn respect is to have a harsh lesson in what authority means. And that is basically, if you throw a rock at someones head... expect one back by return.
12:33 June 6, 2011 by Antonito
"Teacher faces assault charges II"

"A child lost an eye when a 15 year-old student picked up a waste basket and threw it at him. The teacher, although in the same room, did not do anything to avoid the tragedy. Students from the class said that the teacher was close enough to push the aggressor or even to use the pointer to avoid this unfortunate event but she, the teacher, just did nothing. Now the teacher is with psychological help because she feels guilty of not reacting on time. Her current feelings, however, will no avoid her to face the charges from the families of both the victim and the aggressor. Their colleagues told TL that they are very aware of bullying at that school and, in the same circumstances, they would have avoided "the accident" at any price"
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