Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bill Would Allow Teachers To Use Force In Classroom-- TwistIt Tuesday

First off, I (Jacob) personally think that this situation can go either way.  Some of you with kids might think this is a little too much.  I seen first hand how some children behave when their parents arent around.  Teachers of America have it the hardest for the simple fact that if a child is having a bad day, that frustration is usually released in school.  Most times that frustration is taken out on fellow pupils and recently our teachers.  Teachers are to afraid of being sued, but we have recently seen our teachers get beat on by the students they educate.  Now we are eager to hear what the parents of our future have to say.  Check out the full story below courtesy of WMUR9 New Hampshire

In a move to give teachers more control over classroom discipline, a bill is being debated in Concord that would protect teachers from civil or criminal penalties if they use physical force.
Some said the bill goes too far, while supporters call it a matter of teacher and student safety.Supporters of the bill said some teachers feel powerless when confronted by aggressive students because of fears of being sued or arrested. HB 375 would give teachers and school staff civil and criminal immunity should physical action be required to get a student under control.Sponsors pointed to an incident in February in which a Nashua High School teacher needed stitches after being hit in the face with a metal hole-punch by a 16-year-old student. In accordance with school policy, the teacher called resource officers rather than restrain the student, who fled school grounds."These teachers now are basically in a war zone, and not only does it protect them, it protects other students," said Rep. Pete Silva, R-Nashua. "I just think it brings common sense into what's going on."But others said the bill doesn't go far enough in terms of drawing the lines between the use of physical force and assault. Rep. Peter Schmidt, D-Dover, a former teacher who said he is in favor of school discipline, said he couldn't support the bill as written."I think this going to require a lot of special training for teachers because now they will be cast into the role of enforcers," he said. "That really poses serious issues with regards to how far they can go."The bill passed committee with a unanimous vote, and it will now be considered by the full House.

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