Monday, May 07, 2018
The DOE Protects Violent Students And Punishes School Staff Who Try To Defend Themeselves.
Over the last few years I have been hearing more stories how the DOE will protect students who are violent while going after paraprofessionals and teachers who dare defend themselves by either restraining the student.or even yelling at the student to stop his or her disruptive behavior.
Under the Bill de Blasio administration, everybody knows the student discipline code has been drastically weakened and has resulted in fewer student suspensions. On the other hand, The DOE continues to assume school staff are guilty, when accusations are made against them by students. This continues since the beginning of the Bloomberg era. The result is that violent student behavior is not punished and staff are afraid to be physically and verbally discipline the violent student.
The parents of the student was informed by the student that the para had assaulted him and contacted the Superintendent, who told the Principal to remove the para from the classroom, pending an investigation. In this case OSI asked the Principal to do the investigation and she found that the para did the right thing but after two months sitting in a small room and not allowed to leave until the school day was over (bathroom and lunch breaks excluded), he was transferred to another classroom. What was the student's punishment? None.
According to the DOE school staff accused by a student are assumed guilty and removed from the classroom. Even when cleared they are not innocent and the false accusation is still sitting in a file at either OSI or SCI, just waiting, for another accusation so they can substantiate it by claiming a"pattern and practice".