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Last week, opendna published NYC Principal Stages Hoax School Shooting on 300 Special Ed Kids. 20,000 signatures later we're still calling out the NYC Department of Education for what is now the 23rd day since these children were abused. Since then, there has yet to be any post-trauma care, or any message to parents about what occurred. Nor has there been any evident change or challenge to leadership at the school. No criminal charges. And no responses from any agency about any investigation.

Instead, the school administration, lead by the Principal, has begun a campaign of targeted retaliation. The Department of Education representative as well as several UFT represented arrived last week, with at least one leader covering his name tag, and all threatening their own employees and union members with suspension for speaking out about this child abuse.

In New York, it is legally mandated that public employees report any and all child abuse.

How can it be that an act of abuse that is violating disability rights, student rights, employee rights, human rights, union contracts, city, state, and federal law can be left unpunished so long? How is it possible that these kids parents haven't been informed? And that an administration can continue to coverup their crimes and intimidate everyone around them?

We're asking the Kos community for ideas. We're working hard. We've had our successes. But bottom line, we have yet to meet our promise to these kids, their parents, and the teachers who work for them.


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  •  For sure, this principal needs to resign (7+ / 0-)

    but not before issuing a full apology to all affected.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:19:50 AM PST

  •  US schools legally hit children for PainPunishment (3+ / 0-)
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    stevie avebury, LinSea, mookins

    Hitting disabled schoolchildren with weapons for Pain Punishment Legal US Schools! 2013 Educator's "Best Practice"?

    2/3 of Tennessee schoolchildren attend "Paddling Schools" where they can be hit by educators as punishment for minor infractions without parental consent or notification, not required per Tennessee State Law and Prohibited in Nashville area schools!  U.S. Schools must Honor Sandy Hook victims by Abolishing Corporal Punishment, Stop Hitting Schoolchildren! Sad how NONE of the Media coverage includes the Fact that at the Groundbreaking Senate Hearing to End School-to-Prison Pipeline held 12/12/12 ACLU recommended enacting Federal Bill H.R. 3027 "The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act",  already Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S. States and Prohibited by Federal Law for use against convicted Felons in ALL U.S. Prisons, Cost $0!   19 U.S. States legally allow schoolchildren Kindergarten through Twelfth grade to be beaten with thick wooden paddles to inflict Pain as Punishment for minor infractions with No Safety standards to protect children from excessive force injuries or to prevent sadistic pedophiles from filming and sharing their perverse pleasure!  See brutally violent injuries to schoolchildren from U.S. Public School "Paddling/Corporal Punishment" at YouTube Video trailer for Documentary Movie "The Board of Education" by Jared Abrams . Search "A Violent Education" 2008 Study by Human Rights Watch and ACLU for disturbing facts!  dont hit students dot com Corporal Punishment is not good for children it leaves many injured, degraded and disengaged from school, it must raise blood pressure of school employees, it puts taxpayer funds at risk of lawsuits like the Half a Million Dollar lawsuit recently filed against Cumberland County, TN schools because a coach paddled a student who was on "No Paddle" list due to previous head injury and could have died from further injury to his spine.  Why doesn't ayone want to acknowledge the ugly Truth that adults entrusted with our children's safety in school must terrify our children with even the threat of vioence?  How on earth do schools in 31 U.S. states that have outlawed Corporal Punishment of children operate everyday?

    •  I agree that corporal punishment has negative (0+ / 0-)

      effects on learning and on kids and I think of it as inhumane. However, this is something that the parents agree with or it wouldn't be happening.

      I think it is more likely to happen in charter/private schools where there are less regulations and in any area where parents aren't involved with the schoools.

      In most public schools in the US, hitting a child would result in immediate firing of the teacher or administrator and even in states where corporal punsihment is allowed, there are regulations.

      As I say, I am against corporal punishment, but you do no favors to the movement by blaming only public schools for this.

  •  I am not sure about this. Rattling of doors while (1+ / 0-)
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    kids hid with the lights out was common in a school that I volunteered in. I remember the teacher telling me that they were taught not to open the doors, so it was very disconcerting to have this kind of thing happening, but the goal seemed to be to prepare for an emergency situation.

    I cannot tell if this was an overreaction to the Newtown school shooting or a hoax. I think it depends on the intent. I know one student who was extremely frightened of fire drills. That doesn't mean that a fire drill is a deliberate hoax.

    •  In the event of a drill (1+ / 0-)
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      the faculty and staff are informed of it as much as a week in advance.

      The issue is that this was done improperly, that faculty was not informed, and that it did not comply with other drill and safety standards. If it was truly a drill, it should have conformed to the drill guidelines.

      If it was a hoax, meant to terrorize the children and scare the faculty, then the principal needs to be disciplined and educated on the proper steps of a proper drill - and the students and faculty need assistance in dealing with the emotional fall-out from the improperly done drill/hoax - and the parents need to be informed so they can deal with emotional and behavioral issues that arise in their home because of this. Some of those children are incapable of speaking out and describing what happened.

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      by Noddy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:11:59 PM PST

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