Do-gooders are upset that students have been restrained in Kentucky schools and have gotten the Education Commissioner to outlaw one technique.
It’s not going to stop at that. According to the do-gooders, students never need to be restrained or physically touched in any way.
Not even the 45,000 severely mentally ill students in the Kentucky schools, those who are psychotic and subject to psychotic breaks at any time, with disjointed thinking and reactions that don’t resemble those of normal children in any way. Note that these kids are in regular public schools — we no longer institutionalize severely mentally ill students. And that’s for the better. Most of the time, they’re in regular education classrooms, learning, whereas back in the institutionalization days they were basically stuck in a strait jacket and tied to a chair for their “education”.
The question is this: The vast majority of these students are on psychotropic drugs that make it possible for them to function most of the time in regular classrooms. The problem is, they’re children. Some drugs can’t be used with children, and children are growing, so their meds slip out of whack on a regular basis, at which point their thinking starts sliding sideways. We teachers used a highly technical term when we noticed this happening to our mentally ill students — “that student’s talking crazy, time to call the special education supervisor so she can call the parents and psychiatrist.” Because classroom teachers are *never* trusted to talk to parents when it is about medications, medications are not something they’re trained on and they can’t give any kind of informed opinion about the subject. And the wheels of bureaucracy grind on, an appointment is made at some point in the future, but what if the student decides in the meantime that he can fly, and tries to jump out the classroom window of a third floor classroom? What if the student decides to play tag with the busses in the bus yard? Are teachers just supposed to let the kid die just to make do-gooders feel good about banning restraint in the schools?
And what if the kid gets upset at a bad test score and starts throwing desks around the classroom? Someone could get hurt.
Right now what schools are doing is sending a “Here” squad of teachers, aides, and administrators to receive training in crisis intervention including safe restraint of students. They also encourage teachers who have mentally ill students in their classrooms to take the training. But what happens if schools are legally no longer able to safely restrain students who are out of control and presenting a danger to themselves and others?
Well, we know what happens then. If schools aren’t allowed to touch the students, they simply will call the police. And the police will handle the situation in a far more humane and safe manner. That sad laughing you hear is me laughing at my sick joke… police… humane when dealing with mentally ill people… the same police who shot and killed hundreds if not thousands of mentally ill people nationwide last year. The police officers who regularly light up mentally ill people with tasers and handcuff them and haul them off to the police station to be booked for disorderly conduct for the crime of being mentally ill. Those police.
But hey, the do-gooders will get their wish, those mean teachers and administrators won’t be touching those poor innocent little children anymore. Said children will be in the school-to-prison pipeline instead, but hey, that’s not the do-gooder’s fault, it’s all about an oppressive society blah blah blah. Even when we’re dealing with severely behavior disordered children who just don’t (and can’t) think straight and act out in ways dangerous to themselves and others. That kid would not really have jumped out the window, right?
Uhm, it sure the hell looked like he was going to jump when I pulled him back in, took him down to the carpet, and sent one of my students down to my supervisor’s office and another student to the next-door classroom (where the teacher had an aide) to get assistance. But what the hell did I know. I was just his teacher.
– Badtux the (Thankfully Former) Teacher Penguin
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