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PHS ‘Bad kid fort’ draws protesters

January 9, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Protesters stood at the entrance to the horseshoe at Parkersburg High School Tuesday morning in support of a student who was placed in a box by a teache....

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Jan-09-13 5:11 AM

I remember getting the board for disrupting class, I would have gladely sat in a box instead.

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Jan-09-13 7:01 AM

I think the other kids' parents in class with this one should start their own protest for the constant distraction this kid imposes on them. This is all for monetary gain and attention. Its a crock that society today allows childern with special needs to be placed in with normal kids when there was a place built especially for them. mM

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Jan-09-13 7:14 AM

My big thing is there is an IEP and a Behavior Protocol. Don't let an IEP fool you those do not hold as much water than you may think, but the teacher does have a behavior protocol that he or she should have followed. Honestly this seems pretty attention seeking because I don't see how its abuse but I think its worth a conversation to see why someone would use zero common sense in redirecting a child. Some questions left undone what is his functioning level with aspergers ? What medications is he being perscribed for mood and behavior ? Lots of unanswered questions.

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Jan-09-13 7:18 AM

When I went to school, teachers were only there to teach their subjects, not be baby sitters. If a student got out of hand, they had to sit in the hallway and got no credits for that day. (same as a big box) Teachers have enough to do just teaching their subjects without having to deal with all of the social problems of the world.If you have a problem with your child, enroll them in a private school or home school them. Don't expect public education to fix all of your problems.

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Jan-09-13 7:26 AM

Looks as though the young man had positive role models all through life

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Jan-09-13 7:37 AM

With the kind of judgement shown by this teacher, would you want him armed?

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Jan-09-13 7:43 AM

Key word here is Individualized,something that NO teacher can fully accomplish with having 30 other charges to contend with."Fidgetng" and "disruptive" are two entirely different things.There are schools for special needs students,so instead of grandstanding,whats the problem in getting shifted to where he can learn up to,and possibly surpass his current educational curve?With the proper guidance,who knows,he could cure cancer.Obviously,the learning atmosphere he's in now is less than desirable for him.BTW,well said Mr. Bennett;but unfortunately that's not the way things are anymore.

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Jan-09-13 7:44 AM

Wouldnt have a problem with this teacher being armed. She did what she did for the best interest of her other students and that was to isolate the distraction in which by no means is abuse. She was looking out for the others students. That does not make her a bad person that tells me shes a responsible teacher who cares about the education of her students.

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Jan-09-13 7:59 AM

I wonder what would happen if these parents were asked to step in and teach this class for a week? I know they [might] understand how to handle their son but throw in 30 other students all with their own problems as well. Probably would have had a situation that was MUCH worse.

What was the purpose of the protest? To increase awareness and show the need for training that should have happened long ago?Or to punish someone [teacher] that was in a no win situation and made questionable choice?

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Jan-09-13 8:15 AM

This is not abuse. It is bad decision-making being blown out of proportion.

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Jan-09-13 8:17 AM

Sorry, but I don't think making the teacher's already overly demanding job harder is the answer. I do have another solution. Since these parents claim to be so concerned about their son-then they should volunteer to go to school with him everyday, sit with him and class so they can make sure he getts the "special attention" his "special needs" need. Clearly since the mom has all this time to stage protests, rant of Facebook and hound the local press-she clearly has some time on her hands! We're not talking about a grade school kid here. We're talking about a young adult who-regardless of his "special needs-" should have been taught by his parents how to act like an adult and respect his elders-especially his teachers. This inci9dent makes it clear that kids with "special needs" parents with questionable parenting skills and a school system that does not watch it's own teachers backs is a bad combination.

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Jan-09-13 8:25 AM

stop abusing the word abuse....this was NOT abuse...poor decision yes, abuse NO!

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Jan-09-13 8:25 AM

Love the one-sided media reporting. Address the effect and not the cause. Brilliant work, way to keep it unbias. If Caleb is acting up in class and there's obviously a history here,(no punn intended) then the meds aren't working and he should be re-evaluated. Our society has allowed this travesty to fester and we're paying for it as a whole. Special needs kids in general learn at a slower rate than those without handicaps and to mix the two has always been a mistake and will continue to be. LEAVE THE TEACHER ALONE! Obviously fed up she did the best she could without clobbering the boy. Good for her. So she wrote "bad kid fort" on the box, sounds to me like this was no big secret and why didn't our Agenda-Media talk to Caleb first instead of his parents or Facebook Buddies? Muck Rakers and Ratings. Pathetic.

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Jan-09-13 8:26 AM

Some comments here are down right ignorant. After reading the original article, people said these kids shouldn't be placed with "normal kids." How DARE you infer that kids with Aspergers or Autism aren't "normal!?!" Most of these kids are gifted, but have social issues. Many of these kids are teased and mocked on a daily basis while educators feed the fire by doing things like this. These are human beings, not dogs. What gives this teacher the right to cage anyone? Even the smallest wrestler in the school would have a hard time fitting in that skinny box. I would argue if they forced a typical (much better word than 'normal') child in a box like that. But are we going back to the 60s where any child with special needs is shoved into an institution and forgotten. These children need the social interaction, not seclusion. How nice for those 30 other kids to be so perfect. Too bad they are being taught to abuse and bully anyone who is different.

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Jan-09-13 9:04 AM

Whoever thinks this is not abuse does not know what being a special needs teacher should consist of. This teacher should be placed in a box with "bad teacher fort" written on it. (I'm sure I'm not the first person who said that, but I haven't read all the responses.) These kids aren't stupid, they're special needs. What a way to have their self-esteem lowered and to make them a target for kids to bully and tease. Abuse of power in a big, big way, and lack of heart, compassion and intelligence as well. If a teacher cannot handle a child without putting him/her in a box, the teacher has no business being a in a classroom. Scary how many people find this to be okay and no big deal..until it is your child.

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Jan-09-13 9:06 AM

BRAVO JAFO2OO9! Maybe instead of bashing this teacher for not doing "her job," the parent's should focuss on the fact that they were clearly not doing their job! Teachers are paid to teach math, science, history and the arts-not respect, courtesy, socialization and manners!

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Jan-09-13 9:07 AM

And to those who say 'don't mix the handicaps.' Wow. No words. These children aren't handicapped; get your derogatory lingo correct. They are typically gifted and learn, if anything, at a FASTER rate than 'normal' kids. Give me 'ab'-normal anyday over someone 'normal' who thinks this is okay. Incompetent teacher and ignorant readers.

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Jan-09-13 9:09 AM

Janeeyre, until parents are allowed to sit there in class, all day, the teachers are responsible for what occurs during the day. School is 'mandatory,' so the school has to teach school-related behavior. If they cannot, or will not, they need to learn to do better. They are there to teach kids, which includes social skills, sitting still, etc. Clearly some adults didn't learn social skills; maybe some responders would have a little more compassion.

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Jan-09-13 9:13 AM

Janeeyre, legally, parents aren't allowed to sit in class all day long. Try it, see how far you get. (Just wanted to clarify my prior post.) Even volunteers have limits placed on them. A little education of school regs and education law will go a long way.

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Jan-09-13 9:15 AM

I love how people say their kids are "Gifted". I agree more with "Special Needs", Mozart was gifted, Einstein was gifted. When I was in school special needs kids went to a seperate class so they didnt disrupt the class and cause the other kids to have to cope with the problems and then their grades suffer as a result.

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Jan-09-13 9:18 AM

handicapped is a derogatory word? Are you kidding me? When did it become okay for a kid to be a behavoir problem in class? When did people start saying it is okay to take away from other kids? We are sorry that you have a difficult child that is not normal. Maybe if you quit wishing they were normal and pretending they are normal, you could get better result for children with problems. I seriously wonder what the heck is wrong with people. What dream world do you live in?

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Jan-09-13 9:19 AM

When I went to school, we did not have all these fancy medical terms for bad behavior. We were forced into the hall and given an attitude adjustment. Board his as$, and maybe pops too!!! Unreal and pathetic.

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Jan-09-13 9:20 AM

I see that Mama has a cigarette in her hand in the photo. Wow, she couldn't have waited 30 minutes to have a smoke? Not what I would call putting one's best foot forward. I certainly hope she doesn't smoke in the house with her son around. Forced exposure to second-hand smoke could be seen as child abuse.

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Jan-09-13 9:21 AM

BatonMom, I dated a woman that had a child with Aspbergers. He was anything but normal. He had severe difficulties when it came to a learning enviroment and required an aide at school to help maintain control of him.

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Jan-09-13 9:23 AM

I'm sorry, but so many of these comments are just ignorant. Right or wrong, paddles and dunce caps were outlawed years ago. Common sense should tell you that you're not supposed to purposely humiliate a kid at school. Adults should know better. Writing "bad kid" on a box puts a label on that boy as "bad." If his behavior was disrupting the other students learning, remove him from the class. Scold him in private, send him to the office, call the parents. Sticking him in a box is a VERY poor decision. If the parents are doing this for attention, I agree that's wrong. But so were the actions of the teacher.

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