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The West Virginia attorney general's office has filed a civil lawsuit against the Berkeley County Board of Education, two administrators, two aides, and a teacher, claiming the teacher and aides verbally abused elementary school students and the administrators tried to obscure the abuse. Amber Pack became concerned when her 6-year-old daughter with autism came home with what appeared to be pressure bruises on her arms. She sent the girl to school with a hidden recording device and caught the teacher and the aides threatening to hit children and withhold food from them. Teacher Christina Lester and aides June Yurish and Kristin Douty have been charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse or neglect.

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  1. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon, but no one talks about it.

    1. Once upon a time, ages ago, I worked in a private school. I say private, because a public school would never do this: every classroom had a wall of windows onto the main building corridor. At any time a parent could come and directly observe their children, for as long as they wished.

      This was not a panopticon, this was not helicopter parenting, this was common sense. Parents paid good money for the schooling, they deserve what they pay for and this was how they could verify it.

      Why do public schools not have this some setup? All it takes is one window in one wall, and a policy that parents can visit at any time for as long as they wish.

      1. Well, the current concern is about breaking-up sight lines to slow down mass shooters: [link]

        That said, I don’t think that’s a common feature in any school, private or public. I think your school was the unusual one.

        Which isn’t to say it’s a bad idea, but I don’t think this is a private/public thing like you suggest.

        1. Well, the current concern is about breaking-up sight lines to slow down mass shooters: [link]

          Also, glass is expensive, fragile, and its functionality is easily defeated. If we instituted a glass wall/window policy tomorrow, more white kids would get shot *and* black and brown, sorry, inner city schoolkids wouldn’t get their windows for another decade or until the budget allowed.

          1. I think they’d just get broken within a few weeks of installation. If they put in obviously reinforced glass that sends a bad image to anybody who does visit.

            Besides, at my middle school all of the wall space and at my high school much of the wall space was used for lockers so that kids were near their classes.

      2. As long as you get prior approval parents can do everything with their kid here. Class, assemblies, and even counseling. Just visiting to look doesn’t even require that.

  2. Teacher Christina Lester and aides June Yurish and Kristin Douty have been charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse or neglect.
    5A violation. Reporting their abuse of children would be incriminating.

    1. Each reporting the others’ abuse would not be self-incriminating.

  3. She sent the girl to school with a hidden recording device…

    Once more into the breach.

    1. Yeah, she got lucky on that one. We’ve certainly seen that get the attention of the DA in other similar circumstances.

      1. State laws on that vary a lot.

    2. Unto

      Don’t you know anything?

      1. You’re correcting a sentence I made up all on my own out of thin air???

  4. Well, it’s CNN so now I’m not sure there even is a West Virginia.

    1. They saw that it happened in Berkeley, and it was too late to pull the story when they realized it was the wrong one.

  5. Them’s some fugly women!

    1. Coal mines, meth, and pills are not kind to the complexion.

    2. The girls and young women there are beautiful. It seems like it’s around age 25 that they turn into werewolves.

  6. Only certain government agents get Qualified Immunity.

  7. But luckily these children are being educated by trained experts, and properly socialized, unlike homeschooled kids.

    1. I’ve lost count of the number of homeschooled kids I’ve met who couldn’t take a punch.

      1. I recommend that you stop beating up kids.

  8. I think it was thirty years ago, when the Media were having another hissy cat fit about abusive Catholic Priests and how they showed the inner awfulness of the Catholic Church and Christianity and yada yada yada, I was talking with a friend who had been on track to be a public school teacher, and quit. He told me that there was a much larger child abuse scandal building in the public schools, that the administrations he knew about had been covering it up for decades, and that when it broke it would sink the Teachers’ Unions.

    I’m still waiting. But I don’t think he was wrong on his facts, just off on his conclusions. The Left will downplay thins kind of thing as long as every they can, and I suppose they might just get away with it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

  9. Many of today’s kids are nearly feral when they arrive at public schools, and teachers have to do their best to maintain some semblance of order in the classroom, with their attention divided between dozens of kids. I can forgive them for a few threats, grabbing one hard enough to leave a mark, and even for taking a swing in some cases.

  10. The Left will downplay thins kind of thing as long as every they can, and I suppose they might just get away with it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

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