Suspended teacher faces battery charge

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JEB

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Feb 17, 2008
 
Sounds like the little darling needed a good pounding.
To bad the teachers are put in the role of parents at school.
Everyone has a limit.
Joe

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Feb 17, 2008
 
Charges should be filed against the girl for disrupting the class, and wasting tax payers money.
Another Incident

Marysville, OH

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Feb 17, 2008
 
What I'm bothered about most is how this will impact the teacher. She's been publicly identified and apparently will face a misdemeanor charge.

Do you remember an incident at Methodist Hospital a year or two back, where three babies died? I don't recall the doctors or nurses ever being identified, or charged with a crime.

Like teachers, doctors and nurses are licensed professionals. Yet, when there's wrongdoing, the medical professionals are allowed to escape public scrutiny and liability.

Meanwhile, this matter may end this teacher's career.

Three babies dead, a student kicked. Punishment is out of whack.
A Fellow Teacher

Avon, IN

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Feb 17, 2008
 
This girl spent every minute of every class trying to rile the teacher. Finally she succeeded. Where is the support for a dedicated teacher? This girl is the person who should be charged. Shelbyville, please get behind this teacher.
Bee

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Feb 17, 2008
 
HOME SCHOOLING WILL GIVE ALL THE STRESSED OUT TEACHERS A REST!
I believe a high school diploma is required to home school you're child.
The lessons are mailed to you're home, that's all there is to it!
We know all Indiana teachers are perfect at their job, that's why Indiana children have excelled over every state in the U.S.
The teachers all need a rest, so let's home school the children and let the overworked teachers take a few years off to relax!
wasp

Avon, IN

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Feb 17, 2008
 
The error in basic grammar in Bee's second sentence is an example of why teachers need more than a high school diploma.
Just Me

Nineveh, IN

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Feb 17, 2008
 
First, the (child), probably soon to be a mom herself, should have been kick in the butt a few times at home. For problem kids with no respect for anyone but themselves, we need to: 1. Find a place with just enough heat to keep them from freezing, the minimal furniture needed to provide an education. 2. Make the parents bring their little darlings to this school everyday. If they don't, arrest the parents. 3. Parents, you need to bring your child lunch with them in a brown bag or whatever, because there is no more free lunches. 3. Have armed teachers and a police officer outside the doors. These teachers will now try to teach your (baby) to respect and obey. They will then go on to try to teach him or her to read and write, you know the old educational stuff. 4. PARENTS of these kids fund the whole program. 5. Now, if you think you don't like this situation, EARN your way back to the public schools. No questions asked.
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Feb 17, 2008
 
Shelbyville and the Board of Education at Shelbyville High School: Stand behind this teacher. I agree that no teacher should lose self-control enough to kick a student, but I have no doubt that this teacher had been pushed beyond her limits. The behavior and disrespect (with no consequences) teachers have to endure these days is an abomination. Teachers should receive combat pay! I don't know how we will have anyone left in this important, professional field in the future. Bring education back to the classroom... bring discipline back to the classroom...bring Ms.Jewell back to the classroom.
no comparison

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Feb 17, 2008
 
Another Incident wrote:
What I'm bothered about most is how this will impact the teacher. She's been publicly identified and apparently will face a misdemeanor charge.
Do you remember an incident at Methodist Hospital a year or two back, where three babies died? I don't recall the doctors or nurses ever being identified, or charged with a crime.
Like teachers, doctors and nurses are licensed professionals. Yet, when there's wrongdoing, the medical professionals are allowed to escape public scrutiny and liability.
Meanwhile, this matter may end this teacher's career.
Three babies dead, a student kicked. Punishment is out of whack.
First of all, what the Methodist incident has to do with this story is beyond me. You are comparing to things are are completley and 100% seperate.
The girl in this incident did not die, and I seriously doubt she was actually harmed at all asside from maybe a little shame and quite frankly, she should have shame for behaving the way she did in a school. I didn't go to school that long ago but when i did if I ever slammed a door at the school, it wasn't the school I was afraid of. I would not have seen the light of day for the rest of the year. Somehow I feel like everyone has given into this little brats behavior and so far it as worked. Yes I said she is a brat. at 16 to stomp out of a class and slam the door is something a 2 year old would do. I would be willing to bet the teacher will probably end up being charged and hailed as a "bad" teacher and in one year this girl will probably be a drop out working at a low income job.
It amazes me how kids can spew words of threats and hatred to teacher and they are not supposed to do anything and 9 times out of 10 the rules favor the child, not the teacher. I am not defending the actions of the teacher if she did kick this child but I gurantee this little girl that if you behave like that on the streets and you are going to wish that kicking was the worst that you got.
If the teacher did kick the student she should be reprimanded but charged with battery? Give me a break. Next the parents will probably sue the school beucase their poor little spoiled rotten brat got kicked at school who will probably then used that money to buy a car or something stupid like that instead of spedning it on an education.
I agree with the other poster.. quit wasting taxpayer money.. if you want to sleep at school.. just quit.. and go get a job and join the real world.. you will see how hard it was to just be in school.
no comparison

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Feb 17, 2008
 
Bee wrote:
HOME SCHOOLING WILL GIVE ALL THE STRESSED OUT TEACHERS A REST!
I believe a high school diploma is required to home school you're child.
The lessons are mailed to you're home, that's all there is to it!
We know all Indiana teachers are perfect at their job, that's why Indiana children have excelled over every state in the U.S.
The teachers all need a rest, so let's home school the children and let the overworked teachers take a few years off to relax!
I don't know if you are being serious or not but eveyrone I know that was homeschooled for highshcool did very poorly in their first year of college. How can you provide an education for your child beyond what you know? LIke it or not school is changing and evloving rapidly, what you learned in highschool is not what they are teaching today. Why disadvantage your kids by limiting their experiences.
I am not opposed to homeschool in the primary grades but beyond that I think you are not serving in the best intrests of the whole child. They have to learn to be socilaized and compliant in an appropriate enviroment. Unfortuatnely the world is way different then the house.
no comparison

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Feb 17, 2008
 
ex-teacher wrote:
Shelbyville and the Board of Education at Shelbyville High School: Stand behind this teacher. I agree that no teacher should lose self-control enough to kick a student, but I have no doubt that this teacher had been pushed beyond her limits. The behavior and disrespect (with no consequences) teachers have to endure these days is an abomination. Teachers should receive combat pay! I don't know how we will have anyone left in this important, professional field in the future. Bring education back to the classroom... bring discipline back to the classroom...bring Ms.Jewell back to the classroom.
I agree withy ou completley
Another Incident

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Feb 17, 2008
 
It's obvious you have reading comprehension AND writing problems. Next time..........

.......never mind. There shouldn't be a next time for you.
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no comparison wrote:
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First of all, what the Methodist incident has to do with this story is beyond me. You are comparing to things are are completley and 100% seperate.
The girl in this incident did not die, and I seriously doubt she was actually harmed at all asside from maybe a little shame and quite frankly, she should have shame for behaving the way she did in a school. I didn't go to school that long ago but when i did if I ever slammed a door at the school, it wasn't the school I was afraid of. I would not have seen the light of day for the rest of the year. Somehow I feel like everyone has given into this little brats behavior and so far it as worked. Yes I said she is a brat. at 16 to stomp out of a class and slam the door is something a 2 year old would do. I would be willing to bet the teacher will probably end up being charged and hailed as a "bad" teacher and in one year this girl will probably be a drop out working at a low income job.
It amazes me how kids can spew words of threats and hatred to teacher and they are not supposed to do anything and 9 times out of 10 the rules favor the child, not the teacher. I am not defending the actions of the teacher if she did kick this child but I gurantee this little girl that if you behave like that on the streets and you are going to wish that kicking was the worst that you got.
If the teacher did kick the student she should be reprimanded but charged with battery? Give me a break. Next the parents will probably sue the school beucase their poor little spoiled rotten brat got kicked at school who will probably then used that money to buy a car or something stupid like that instead of spedning it on an education.
I agree with the other poster.. quit wasting taxpayer money.. if you want to sleep at school.. just quit.. and go get a job and join the real world.. you will see how hard it was to just be in school.
A Former Student

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Feb 17, 2008
 
As a former student of Mrs. Jewell, I would like to say that I am still a bit sketchy of the details surrounding the incident. From what I have heard, there has been a mix-up about exactly how their legs were entangled. I originally heard the two were "tripped up" when turning away from one another, and from what I read in our local paper, that is what her attorney is claiming happened.

Again, as a former student, I can personally say that she is a great teacher: very passionate about what she teaches and very educated in everything she tells her kids. I do know of a few times when someone acted up in our class that things got a bit heated, but I can't imagine her intentionally hitting anyone, as much as they may deserve it.

I personally hope that everyone in the community stands behind her, but as several of you have said, the consequences this will have upon her career may be horrendous. It will be very difficult for her to return to Shelbyville High School, and even if she is not charged, it may be difficult for her to get a job anywhere else nearby. I wish the best for Mrs. Jewell, but I know she can get through this no matter what happens. She is one of the strongest women I know.
Zoey One 0 One

Marysville, OH

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Feb 17, 2008
 
I'm on the teacher's side on this one.

Since: Dec 07

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Feb 17, 2008
 
A Former Student wrote:
As a former student of Mrs. Jewell, I would like to say that I am still a bit sketchy of the details surrounding the incident. From what I have heard, there has been a mix-up about exactly how their legs were entangled. I originally heard the two were "tripped up" when turning away from one another, and from what I read in our local paper, that is what her attorney is claiming happened.
Again, as a former student, I can personally say that she is a great teacher: very passionate about what she teaches and very educated in everything she tells her kids. I do know of a few times when someone acted up in our class that things got a bit heated, but I can't imagine her intentionally hitting anyone, as much as they may deserve it.
I personally hope that everyone in the community stands behind her, but as several of you have said, the consequences this will have upon her career may be horrendous. It will be very difficult for her to return to Shelbyville High School, and even if she is not charged, it may be difficult for her to get a job anywhere else nearby. I wish the best for Mrs. Jewell, but I know she can get through this no matter what happens. She is one of the strongest women I know.
I will pray for her. Will I think the disrespect of some students is beyong belief,I dont agree with a teacher kicking a student!
Bee

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Feb 17, 2008
 
wasp
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The error in basic grammar in Bee's second sentence is an example of why teachers need more than a high school diploma.
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It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves.
Samuel Richardson
Billy Bob

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Feb 17, 2008
 
Bee wrote:
wasp
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The error in basic grammar in Bee's second sentence is an example of why teachers need more than a high school diploma.
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It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves.
Samuel Richardson
They were faulting your grammar because of your stupid post.

You are saying teacher's are lazy and need more time off.

They are saying you need to go back to school to learn how to write.

The End.
Bee

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Feb 17, 2008
 
Billy Bob
Indianapolis, IN
They were faulting your grammar because of your stupid post.

You are saying teacher's are lazy and need more time off.

They are saying you need to go back to school to learn how to write.

The End.

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It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves.
Samuel Richardson
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Feb 17, 2008
 
I am personally acquianted with this woman, and know her family VERY well. They are solid as a rock christian people. Though there is never a valid reason for a teacher to kick a student, I can't help but believe this whole thing was an accident. Bottom line; who do you give credibility to, a spoiled brat, who was probobly high in class, or a dedicated pilar of the community? Video footage can be misleading.
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Feb 18, 2008
 
INDYISSOGHETTO wrote:
I am personally acquianted with this woman, and know her family VERY well. They are solid as a rock christian people. Though there is never a valid reason for a teacher to kick a student, I can't help but believe this whole thing was an accident. Bottom line; who do you give credibility to, a spoiled brat, who was probobly high in class, or a dedicated pilar of the community? Video footage can be misleading.
An accident? Are you joking? If a teacher can't handle her job, she should quit! It does not matter if a student is sleeping or screaming....a teacher should not strike a student for any reason.

Disruptive students should be removed. A sleeping student isn't disruptive. They are only taking up space. If a student sleeps in class on a regular basis, they should be placed in an alternative classroom. The student and family should be issued a two warnings prior to removal. There is no reason matters like this can't be addressed in a professional and civil manner.

I can't believe all the obnoxious posts supporting this teacher.

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