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How do I begin to respond to Rex Galyon’s letter about the paddling of a 5-year-old by Morgan County School administrator Susan Boyd?
There are so many things wrong with this mentality that I don’t know if I can address them all in one letter, but will do my best.
First of all, no one ordered Boyd to use corporal punishment. She alone decided to paddle this student. She judged with what force to hit this small child and how many times to hit him.
Also you state this is the first time she has had a complaint about her discipline. All that means is no complaint has been documented in the past, not that it hasn’t occurred.
But even if this is the first time she has inflicted harm on a child, it does not mean she should be allowed to do it again.
As far as blaming the parents of this child for his behavior, that is simply ignorance.
Yes, sometimes a child’s behavior can be traced back to the home and parents but not always.
Parents trust principals and those who are highly educated to lead them in dealing with their children.
I’m sure this child’s parents were overwhelmed with the school issues and thought Boyd would simply pop the child on the bottom and maybe that would scare him into behaving.
That was a poor choice, but they believed this highly educated woman was supposed to know how to help them and their child.
I wonder if Boyd ever took the time to look further into the situation to see if this child should be tested for a form of high functioning autism or some other disability that might give her and the teachers a better idea of how to deal with him.
Autism now occurs in one of every 88 kids. A higher and higher majority of these children are on the upper end of the functioning spectrum.
It is not obvious they have a disability; they do not rock or spin, many are very verbal and highly intelligent but become easily overwhelmed and melt down.
I have two grandsons’ that fall into this category. One is 14 and has learned to deal with his sensory overload in better ways. But I also have a 4 year old grandson who is brilliant, sweet and full of so much potential. He is still learning to deal with his issues.
Some days this little boy melts down in the cafeteria because the sounds, lights and smells are just too much for him.
My grandson’s behaviors are not the fault of poor parenting or discipline and can’t be fixed by beating him. This little boy may be the next Einstein or Edison.
Einstein was told he would never amount to anything. He struggled to tie his shoe or find his office without an assistant, but was one of the most brilliant minds we have ever known.
The educators of this time should know better than to simply label a child as a bad apple after eight days of school.
If my grandson ever encounters the kind of antiquated treatment Boyd finds acceptable, I would turn this county’s school system upside down.
Education has never been the true measure of intelligence.
Yes, maybe the school board made a bad choice when arming Boyd with corporal punishment, but she was the one that pulled the trigger.
In conclusion, authorities needed to charge Boyd with the crime of child abuse.
I also can’t believe anyone would ask the teachers of Morgan County to support child abuse!
Every child is precious and has the potential to change the world if provided the right guidance. This guidance is not found at the end of the paddle!
Mary Helen Nichols