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Boyd unfairly put before firing squad over paddling

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I would like to respond to the suspension and public ridicule that Susan Boyd has to face in the Morgan County School System.

First, Boyd is a professional who has worked for 27 years in the public school systems of Tennessee, including Roane County.

There are no past incidences of problems with discipline.

Second, if Morgan County did not believe in corporal punishment, why was there a board policy permitting it?

Third, my understanding from the reports I have heard is that the student’s parent chose to have him take the corporal punishment rather than have him sent home for them to deal with.

Corporal punishment is given to inflict some pain or discomfort to the recipient.

Boyd was not giving the child a punishment out of maliciousness, but in order to have classroom order. The bruising is something that happens as a result of a paddling. The question I would ask is who did it?

It is evident from the child’s behavior that there are problems being brought to the school from the home.

Children do not act out in this way without a reason. Think about it.

I believe the Department of Children Services needs to step in.

What the Morgan County Board of Education needs to consider is whether or not corporal punishment should be allowed in the schools.

Boyd was abiding by their policies. The board needs to look at policies that are child centered when a child this unruly is permitted to disrupt the learning environment day after day.

It is very disturbing that the director of schools did not nip this in the bud before it got so out hand.

The easy position was to judge Boyd guilty and be swayed by the irate parent of an unruly child.

As a former educator, I understand the position that all educators are in each day.

It is a difficult job to try to educate a room full of children when one child takes up the whole day with unruly behavior.

Today, it is Boyd; tomorrow who knows? The Sunbright staff needs to step forward and explain to the parents of the other children in the class what was happening.

These are the people who need to be outraged because their children had to forfeit their education so the teacher, other professional staff and principal had to deal with this child.

Parents, speak up; the wrong person is before the firing squad.                 

If the student in question was not a real discipline problem, why was he sent to the office so many times?  It is evident the classroom teacher was not able to take care of the problem. At Sunbright School, there are also assistant principals. The usual job of an assistant principal is to handle discipline problems. It appears that the student had worn the assistant principal out, or he would have handled the problems.

It is not right to take the job of a lifelong educator because of this one problem, which, as I reiterate, may or may not be of her doing.

Now, because of a very unruly child, a first-rate educator is being held up to public ridicule and is being punished by the education system she has supported and given her working life to.

Rex Galyon
Kingston