~67 Year Old Arrested!~

@gwoman2 (711)
United States
March 18, 2009 2:59pm CST
A Bridgeport, Conniticut kindergarten teacher was arrested for forcing a 5 year old to eat his lunch from the garbage can!! Outragious huh? She should not be a teacher any longer! ~G~
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@rsa101 (29965)
• Philippines
19 Mar 09
Wow I guess she did have a big attitude problem and I guess she deserved what she got from treating the kid badly. For a 5 year old treated like that is supposed to be very traumatic and that should never be done to them no matter how bad the kid was.
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@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Hi Rsa101, thank you for your response. I don't think it had to do with attitude so much as it has to do with being a bully...and as far as getting what she deserves, I don't think so, she is out awaiting a trial but I bet you she is suspended with pay...rediculous! As I said before, she should not be allowed to be a teacher any longer. ~G~
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@rsa101 (29965)
• Philippines
19 Mar 09
Oh that is really bad but I think she is just taking her rights with her. No matter how guilty she may have look at our point of view we should give her the benefit of the doubt too and should be given a fair trial. But in the end if she has done something really wrong then she should suffer the consequences.
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@AJ1952Chats (2335)
• Anderson, Indiana
18 Mar 09
I wonder what the story is behind that incident... Might be that the boy brought a sack lunch from home, didn't like its contents, and tossed it into the trash--after which the teacher retrieved the bag and forced him to "Clean your plate because there are starving people who'd be glad to have your wonderful lunch!" If I were the teacher, I would have retrieved the bag from the trash can (unless it was open and mixed with the trash) and suggested that a better thing to do might be to swap items with other kids--or even just share the items if nobody wanted to swap. Far better than wasting food. What I would be concerned about the most was in letting the mother of the boy know that he wasn't eating his lunch so that she might be aware of the situation and, perhaps, pack items in his lunch that he liked more. I don't believe in forcing kids to clean their plates--especially, when they aren't responsible for serving choices and serving sizes. However, I would also teach kids not to waste food (e.g. taking out more than they're able to eat when serving themselves), and I'd also be concerned about children who consistently throw away their lunches because that could be a sign of an eating disorder. For whatever reason she did it, this teacher made a poor choice when it came to disciplining this child. If the food were bagged up and wrapped up, that might be one thing, but food that has touched garbage isn't even sanitary to eat. She needs to think of other ways to discipline her students.
@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Hi AJ1952Chats, Thank you for your response. No matter what the situation was the "teacher" was wrong...the child is only 5 years old and at this age children can be very unpredictable...the correct thing to do was to notify the parents of the incident and not force the child to eat something that was already thrown into the garbage. The teacher should be striped of her teaching credentials! ~G~
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• Anderson, Indiana
4 Apr 09
Notifying the parents seems to be the best choice here because this child must have (in his own mind) a reason for throwing away his lunch. It could be just as simple as not liking the food selection or it could be something more such as kids (older bully types) telling him that he was fat and needed to throw out his lunch so that he would lose weight and the other kids would like him. I see red flags all over the place in this one, and the teacher's response was shallow.
@skyblue (1299)
• India
18 Mar 09
Hi gwoman2 This really unexpected from a teacher.How could she do that.After all she is a teacher. Her work to teach children how to be a good man.But now i am thinking that she should entitled her name as a student in the class 1. Am i right..
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@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Hi Skyblue, thank you for your response. I'm not fully understanding what you mean by, "she should entitled her name as a student in the class 1??? And really it is unexpected but not surprising...there are way too many teachers out there that shouldn't be teachers at all. I work for a Middle school here in NJ and believe me when I tell you, some of the teachers simply don't care about the children, their welfare, their self-esteem, and most of all, they just don't care, period!! It is very frustrating and I feel for the parents who many times are unaware of what goes on in the school. UGH!! ~G~
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
I don't know why she is still a teacher at 67 years old to start off with, but what she did is wrong and she should not be a teacher any longer that is for dog on sure. It is just disgusting.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
18 Mar 09
Ech! this is disgracefull. I read a few articles on it but nothing too complete yet. If this is exactly the case, than not only should he not be allowed to conintue teaching, he should be tried. What the hell is wrong with people???
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@fasttalker (2796)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I'm not familiar with this story but it sounds disgraceful to say the least. As a Teachers Aide I often see kids throw their lunch away or forget and not bring theirs. Our cafeteria provides a free lunch for these kids. If they still do not eat we never force them to eat but we do give the parent a call to inform them that they have not eaten.