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Principal charged with not reporting suspected abuse

There are 25 comments on the Bennington Banner story from May 19, 2010, titled Principal charged with not reporting suspected abuse. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

An elementary school principal is facing trial on a criminal charge that he didn't report a suspected case of child abuse by a teacher to state authorities.

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Vermont transplant

Middlebury, VT

#1 May 20, 2010
Why are the other officials not being charged just as well since they were aware of the incident and why did they not order the teacher immediately be suspended pending an investigation? I think they district here has allowed the principal to be the fall guy. Who does this teacher think they are when we as parents are not able to spank our own children without being scrutinzed and accused of abuse and they take it upon themselves to administer what I consider abuse and definitely uncalled for treatment upon a student no matter what the reason. What were these students doing that the teacher felt their behavior warrented this kind of treatment?
abcdefghi

New Haven, CT

#2 May 20, 2010
Vermont transplant wrote:
Why are the other officials not being charged just as well since they were aware of the incident and why did they not order the teacher immediately be suspended pending an investigation? I think they district here has allowed the principal to be the fall guy. Who does this teacher think they are when we as parents are not able to spank our own children without being scrutinzed and accused of abuse and they take it upon themselves to administer what I consider abuse and definitely uncalled for treatment upon a student no matter what the reason. What were these students doing that the teacher felt their behavior warrented this kind of treatment?
Right, This is a story straight out of the 50's 60's. even 70's. meaning. Teachers used the ruler across your knuckles for misbehaving.
In the 80's Mr. Berry principal of Catamount Elementary use to hit students with a yard stick. I know because i was one of them students. And thats all I have to say about that.

Same ol same ol

Manchester Center, VT

#3 May 20, 2010
I have to ask what the student did to make the teacher think this was the appropriate response.
flower Farmer

United States

#4 May 20, 2010
There never was a principal at Catamount named Mr. Berry. I worked there for 30 years.
Fred

Fernandina Beach, FL

#5 May 20, 2010
This is Vermont Justice. We let all kinds of violent, recidivist felons wander our streets, molest our children, and impregnate our young women, yet our system comes down like a ton of bricks on a respectable person. Our system takes the dignity of working people, yet is powerless in dealing with real criminals.
GDog

Miami, FL

#6 May 20, 2010
Kick the brat out of school and it won't happen again. I'm sure she wasn't a sweet little innocent, but a kid whose parents threw a fit anytime their little angel was disciplined to get her out of it.
Spare the rod, spoil the child.
GMB

East Dorset, VT

#7 May 20, 2010
Discipline needs to be maintained in schools, physical abuse is not tolerated, so suspend the child instead, that will get their parents on their case...let the parents train their children, not the teachers ...that's not their job...parents??...you really, really need to do more...but, like I've said before,that will never happen, cause parents are too busy for their own kids..let alone teaching them manners, plus...kids think they already know it all, and don't listen to their parents ANYway...so therein lies the dilemma...you got parents who give up, because they have kids that don't care and won't listen. the reason they don't care is because you're too busy to show them the right way. so they say ..well screw it then.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#8 May 20, 2010
flower Farmer wrote:
There never was a principal at Catamount named Mr. Berry. I worked there for 30 years.
The principal was probably Mr. Barrier (not sure of the spelling). He was principal before Nick Charest.
silly girl 45

Bennington, VT

#9 May 20, 2010
these kind of actions happen in Bennington too. When are people going to realize that when a teacher puts their hands on your child, that it is abuse. If you don't send them to school that way, don't assume the school system has a right to send em home that way. report to Social services. It's what they would do. My son was grabbed wrong by a para a few years ago. Back in Benn El a teacher belittled him by throwing erasers at him from his(the teacher's)desk. By the way I had heard this teacher was fired from a school in calif. for standing on a desk on yelling at students. that's right we hire them here.
silly girl 45

Bennington, VT

#10 May 20, 2010
it's a shame reading some of these comments. It looks like the cycle of abuse didnt stop anywhere here.
GDog

Miami, FL

#11 May 20, 2010
These kids aren't abused. They eventually get much needed discipline from the frustrated teachers who have to deal with your spawn. All it takes is one disruptive kid to cheat the rest of the class out of an education. Teach your kids some respect or get your hellion out of the classrooms. If you don't, jail will be their next learning experience.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#12 May 20, 2010
If a child is misbehaving, remove them from the class, send him/her to the principal, assign detention, you cannot put your hands on these children. The parent(s) should be contacted over behavior problems and appropriate punishment agreed upon.

Too often teachers end up teaching AND parenting their students because parenting is not taking place at home. There's no follow-up at home after the school day with homework, days events, etc. as parents and children retreat in the evenings into their own little worlds of tvs, computers, video games.
Remember when kids were more afraid of the punishment they'd get at home than anything that would happen at school? I'm not even talking about spankings or anything like that. The worst thing in the world when I was growing up was knowing that your parents were disappointed in you, worse than any grounding or loss of privileges.
Unbelievable

United States

#13 May 20, 2010
What I don't understand is that if the shoe was on the other foot so to speak, The parents you can bet that the principal would not have a problem calling Child Protective Services. Here is where the system fails children! If you are the parent and you do anything that may be considered neglect, abuse, so on and the child tells the SCHOOL( weather or not it is true) then they risk losing their children. The system has made it almost impossible to "discipline" your child. Gone are the days when Mom's stayed at home and raised their children, This country has made it near impossible to for them to do that. What I am talking about here is a family unit, working parents, NOT baby popping, welfare scamming scum that just have more babies to get more for FREE!
Now having said that, let me tell you that if a Teacher, Principal, or any other school personnal put their hands on my child, I would myself confront them and Personally contact the proper authorities. This is WRONG!!! No matter how you look at it! I spent my whole school life with teachers who were just like this and got away with it. They degrade many students, calling them Stupid, Dum, Morons, etc, even had teachers put their hands on other students (mostly boys) invoke fights, etc. This was in the days of when it was "normal" behavior.
I remember the feelings I had when it happened and it wasn't even me. This does NOT promote a healthy learning enviorment. Actually, the school should have had the Teacher IMMEDIATELY removed from school grounds and arrested.
Oh and from personal experience, the child who is acting out usually there is an underlying problem, maybe abuse at home or even a learning disability. But power hungry teachers, usually to "involved" to actually get to the bottom of the problem. I think that they take pleasure in humilating these children. Don't whine to me about how horrible you as a teacher have it, when you don't know what THE CHILD is going through!
TruthTeller

Worcester, VT

#14 May 21, 2010
silly girl 45 wrote:
these kind of actions happen in Bennington too. When are people going to realize that when a teacher puts their hands on your child, that it is abuse. If you don't send them to school that way, don't assume the school system has a right to send em home that way. report to Social services. It's what they would do. My son was grabbed wrong by a para a few years ago. Back in Benn El a teacher belittled him by throwing erasers at him from his(the teacher's)desk. By the way I had heard this teacher was fired from a school in calif. for standing on a desk on yelling at students. that's right we hire them here.
Your kid was probably an obnoxious kid who needed to learn better behavior -- and refused, with your permission, no doubt. Its you and parents like you who are the reason schools are failing to teach. How about we send them home for the rest of a year -- and you can home school them. Eh Mom?
tom

United States

#15 May 21, 2010
thats vermont schools for ya
abcdefghi

New Haven, CT

#16 May 21, 2010
flower Farmer wrote:
There never was a principal at Catamount named Mr. Berry. I worked there for 30 years.
What year did your 30 years of work start at Catamount?
abcdefghi

New Haven, CT

#17 May 21, 2010
flower Farmer wrote:
There never was a principal at Catamount named Mr. Berry. I worked there for 30 years.
Their is but 1 teacher I can think of that was at Catamount school that long. She was one of the best teachers in the world. If you are who I am thinking of, who was the principle in 1978/1979?
history

Middlebury, VT

#18 May 21, 2010
abcdefghi wrote:
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Their is but 1 teacher I can think of that was at Catamount school that long. She was one of the best teachers in the world. If you are who I am thinking of, who was the principle in 1978/1979?
Art Barriere
abcdefghi

New Haven, CT

#19 May 22, 2010
history wrote:
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Art Barriere
Right, What was I thinking.. oh well we win some we loose some I had it partly right.
ABC

Gainesville, VA

#20 Aug 26, 2010
I find it disgusting that anyone would justify what this teacher did. Whatever the child's behavior no teacher has a right to touch a student. And who said the child was misbehaved or had parents who didn't parent. The teacher was found guilty by a jury of her peers and wether or not the prinicpal felt the teacher was jusified by law he is required to make a report to DCF.

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