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Ruralwoman
Ruralwoman asks:
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What if a Head Start teacher is being hurt by a student?

I have a friend who is a Head Start teacher and has been for several years. She is dealing with a boy right now that is big for his age. He is hitting her, head-butting her in the stomach, running away. He even hit her in the face and broke her glasses. She has requested help from her supervisors and is getting no assistance. She has also tried to deal with the parent to no avail.

Does she have any rights as a teacher to workplace safety? If she has reported this to the employer, shouldn't they have to intervene to prevent this? I feel so sorry for her, she has always loved her job but now sees resigning as the only way out of this. She also has a medical condition at the present time and this child's hitting behavior could be detrimental to her health. All her supervisors will say is that she is causing the child to hit her due to her body language!! That's ridiculous, that's like saying that a person asks to be abused by their spouse. She has requested that this child be transferred to another teacher as she doesn't know how else to deal with him and the supervisors have refused.

Any suggestions, other than telling her to stand up to the child, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
In Topics: School safety (not bullying), Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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CarolThompson-Sampson
CarolThomps... writes:
She needs to talk to the head Administrator and the the Sp.Ed.Coordinator.
Then ask for him to have an assistant to shadow him around everyday during school hours.
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RayNarayan
RayNarayan writes:
This is just not acceptable. If your friend is facing this kind of a problem and after complaining to the higher authority she still feels that there is no safety then she should leave the job. It would be better that she looks for some other job where she can get her mental peace.
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dabunnywabbit
dabunnywabbit writes:
1st: Under the Education ruling...she has many steps she can take to protect herself. She has already gone to her supervisors...suggesting that the child be transferred to another teacher....they have refused.

She should record every occurrence that the child has hit/abused her in any way...dates...etc. She should then file a charge against her superiors and anyone else that is involved in allowing this treatment of her person to go on...and don't back down.

She shouldn't be asked to leave her job because of this either...so assure her that she doesn't have to leave the position that she loves so much.

I would suggest that when she speaks to a lawyer, and/or the police when filing a charge against her superiors, that she also have proof that  her health is in question here also. I have heard that your body language is at fault...and I have seen sometimes that it is...but NOT ALWAYS!!!!

I would also bring charges against her parents for allowing their child to stay where he/she continually physically hurts ANYONE!!!! Her superiors are the ones that are most at fault...this is their responsibility to protect the child and also her...and yes, this child needs a firmer teaching surroundings to be in. They could recommend that this child be placed in a facility that can handle him/her more adequately. Tell your friend to STAND FIRM when she talk with a lawyer/police...as she has the legal right to be protected in this Head Start program, as much as the child does.

Will be praying for her.
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