Louise,First of all, remember there are two sides to every story. Second of all, the majority of teachers are dedicated, caring people who take a personal interest in each of their students, be it 25 or 4 in the classroom. The worst thing for a teacher, however, is to have the public constantly ready to blame them for anything and everything regarding a child. There is much more to this story and Fox news needs to get it's facts straight before shoving these educators out into the spotlight. The pressure on teachers is incredible and the public needs to realize supporting these dedicated people rather than persecuting them without knowing all the facts is what our education system needs.
Sounds like you may either be a teacher (at this school) or closer to the facts. I do hold teachers responsible for my child's safety while they are in the schools hands, but ultimately the Principal is the one who has let down this child. Thankfully she was not hurt but the question lingering in my mind is what if?
I do believe that Teachers do NOT get enough credit for all of the work they do with our children! The fact that the child walked more than half a mile away is such a scary thought and with so many dangers.
I have a first grader, a responsible one at that however we have also encountered "procedure errors" that could have ended up with someone hurt or worse. Teachers and Administrators have a huge responsibility with each role (as I am sure you are aware of); however you (the teacher and administrator) decided that was what you wanted to do.
It shouldn't matter if the child has special needs or not I have to believe that we all strive to ensure each child is returned home in the same shape as they arrived. That being said it is crucial that when situations like these arise the policies and procedures are reviewed and corrected to ensure it doesn't happen again.