In Little Rock, Arkansas, Ashley Murry’s 5-year-old son told her that after a toilet clogged following his use of it, his teacher ordered him stick his hand in the toilet and remove his feces and the dirty tissue. Murry’s son is a kindergartener at Crystal Hill Elementary School. The mother reacted to his report by filing a complaint with the school, pulling him out of the class, and posting the story on social media.
The Pulaski County Special School District began “an investigation” while the teacher was put on administrative leave. The teacher attempted to patch things up by calling Murry and saying that she knew she was wrong. She also explained to the principal that she was only trying to teach the child not to use too much toilet paper so that the school toilets wouldn’t get stopped up.
See? Her intentions were good! Nonetheless, the child’s mother says the teacher needs to be fired, because “you don’t treat kids like this.”
1. This isn’t a question of whether what the teacher did, if true, was wrong. Of course it was wrong. So wrong, in fact, that if the teacher admits that she had the child serve as a human plumber’s tool, no investigation should be necessary. The teacher should be fired. I’d like to see her prosecuted.
2. Nor does it matter one whit that the teacher now concedes that she was out of line. Hey, good for you, you trained professional who is entrusted with the welfare of young children! You figured out after the fact that abusing a 5-year-old is not, upon reflection, a good idea, and all by yourself, too!
3. No, in this case the key question of “What’s going on here?” has a clear and obvious answer. What is going on is that the school has hired at least one individual who is untrustworthy to be a teacher, just as the teaching certification system has allowed a dangerous incompetent and ethics ignoramus to pass through its ranks.
4. For this is signature significance. No teacher who would even consider treating a 5-year-old like this, even once, should be allowed in a classroom. Such conduct means that such a teacher has the kind of wretched judgement and lack of caring that might just as easily have her daring students to juggle chainsaws.
5. The remaining question is whether a school system that employs such a teacher can or should be trusted. The burden is on administrators to show this was an aberration. If I were a parent, I would not give such a school a second chance….
6. …especially since local station KATV-TV reports …
The mother of another Crystal Hill Elementary School kindergartener said the same thing happened to her daughter under a different teacher in the fall. The girl used too much toilet paper and was asked to pull it out with her bare hands, according to her mother. She contacted the school district who told her there would be an investigation.
“This is a common occurrence at this school it seems,” that mother told the station.
7. What the hell???
8. Yeah, it is looking more and more like that school, and the entire system, should be razed and salt sowed in the ground where the buildings stood.