Call for ‘common sense’ after teacher censured for carrying child
Stuff co.nz 9 November 2017
Family First Comment: An expected outcome which we warned about. Removing a child to time-out is essentially a crime now. Parents – be warned. We’ve already seen parents suffer to doing similar.
The president of a school principals’ association is calling for “common sense to prevail” after the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal found a teacher guilty of misconduct for carrying a struggling child to the principal’s office.
Pat Newman, president of the Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association, said the current legislation gave the tribunal hardly any choice but to find the teacher guilty.
In the 2016 incident, the teacher had intervened after the boy was accused of hurting four classmates.
When the boy refused to cooperate and grabbed hold of a bar, the teacher prised his fingers free, grabbed him by the waist with both arms and carried him to the principal.
Under the legislation, teachers are permitted to restrain a child in the most minimal way possible, and only while the pupil is in the act that endangers themselves or another person.
Newman said the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Educanz) had to act, but argued the decision effectively handed over the control of schools to difficult children.
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