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KenInd
We too shall get through this.....
10:28 AM on 10/21/2012
"........the safety and well being of students is the district's first priority and it takes all claims......" yada yada.

Is anyone else becoming just a tad sick and tired of this meaningless cut and paste disclaimer????
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evilchihuahua
Crossing the line just because it's there.
10:50 AM on 10/21/2012
It's the C Y A tagline used by all of those in any sort of position of authority to distance themselves from the offender.
It is getting tired, and more of us need to keep calling them on this.
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SirGigglehead
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ..
10:58 AM on 10/21/2012
If you like the line the school official gave, please join us tomorrow to celebrate "You Can Thank A Lawyer Day."
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ccdunlap
10:26 AM on 10/21/2012
Not sure what the big stink is all about, the "bullied" kid was the one who instigated it....... Come on....I would bet to guess that other kids asked Jaxon to stop and he didn't, totally a 9-year old's mo. Sounds like a good lesson the teacher taught the little trouble maker. Maybe next time, little Jaxon will think about potentially spitting on people the next time he gets this idea. I for one think that teachers need to have more influential power over children in their classrooms. How can successful teaching happen if they cannot effectively discipline unruly children?
10:39 AM on 10/21/2012
A teacher disciplining a student is one thing. A teacher usurping that authority, relinquishing it to children to administer punishment, is another.

Having to explain it to a supposed adult is absurd.
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pattio66
Stand easy, Grace!
10:52 AM on 10/21/2012
true
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ccdunlap
11:14 AM on 10/21/2012
Thanks for your response and appreciate your input. First, I absolutely understand that the teacher broke the "governments" rules on disciplinary authority in the classroom; therefore you have explained nothing to me that I already am not aware of but thanks for the update. Second, it does not mean that I agree with the rule and it is "absurd" for you to think that everyone agrees with your opinion. I was merely stating my opinion on the matter as I feel that more disciplinary actions should be allowed in today's classrooms. I understand that the teacher absolutely could have handled the situation better and perhaps an alternate method should have been administered, however, I understand the reasoning behind it. I am not trying to say that I condone law-breaking behavior, I am merely suggesting that the rules of engagement need serious analyzation. 
DollyDrake BYN
Blue Jean baby, NorCal lady
10:17 AM on 10/21/2012
If true, this teacher has no business working with school age children. The child was wrong (but pretty typical for this age group) and should be reprimanded. Poor decisions by both of them.
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websailor
10:44 AM on 10/21/2012
Have stated the truth they are both very wrong
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sandmn7442
10:16 AM on 10/21/2012
In the transitions to child-rearing practices, some things now seem absurd, but not long ago, were common practice. For example, many of us were raised with the saying, "Spare the rod and spoil the child." That makes it parental obligation to beat their kids. I remember, as the oldest, that when my little brothers bit me, my mom MADE ME bite them back to teach them a lesson -- that was something I could NEVER DO. While there are some great new ideas in raising kids, the lines between old and new practices isn't as clear-cut as it once was. When I was little, if a buddy misbehaved in my house, my mother spanked him and my buddy's mother was thankful for the help. Now-a-days she'd be in jail for abuse.
10:41 AM on 10/21/2012
Spoil the child- love them without reservation or measure.

Spare the rod- never, ever hit your child or abuse them in any way.
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CtJean
I just coughed up a republican furball
11:15 AM on 10/21/2012
... and you raise a monster ...
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sandmn7442
11:20 AM on 10/21/2012
See what I mean, look what Ct reespinded with. It's a truly confllicted time. I got spanked a hundred times, then turned around, raised three kids and NEVER spanked a butt hand or mouth and have three of the most loving, giving, giving children I could imagine. There was a time when parents were more or less united on these ideas, and now the lid's off the box and all sorts of things are legitimate.
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websailor
10:46 AM on 10/21/2012
You are right but grew up were spare the rod did not exist bit being sent to the corner or eat your dinner sitting on the toliet did. Parents lets kid walk over them and say "they are only kid" Kids need guidence not friends but parents.
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sandmn7442
11:27 AM on 10/21/2012
Perhaps you're right. The thing that used to bother me was when the severity of my spankings was dependent on Mom's anger more than my crime. I raised my kids with consequences, but not physical beating. My hands meant love to my kids, my raised voice and disapproval were enough to bring them to tears without hitting. I was a friend to my kids, at times, and a disciplinarian (strict) at other times. When the worst that happens to a kid is disapproval, it causes pain just like spanking without the violence. I just worry about teaching kids that it's appropriate to get violent when unhappy, that everything I don't like, I should strike. Every 45 seconds around the clock, somewhere in America, a man punches a woman he loves, that has to stop.
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elizlucinda
a mind is a terrible thing to waste
10:09 AM on 10/21/2012
I;m shocked..A 9 yer old boy did raspberry? If this teacher can't handle that she should go into another profession. I'm not saying he should do it but spitting in any form except in your own home or the dentists office...is gross...and yes its gross in sports.
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360Dunk
Feeder of slot machines
10:06 AM on 10/21/2012
This could easily turn into a big spat.
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pattio66
Stand easy, Grace!
10:10 AM on 10/21/2012
nice one, lol
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laaambchop
Cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom
10:22 AM on 10/21/2012
good one
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pattio66
Stand easy, Grace!
09:52 AM on 10/21/2012
How about this, lady? Teach your kid some civility before foisting him on everyone else's kids.

As for the teacher, she'll be out of a job anyway...school districts always cut arts programs before anything else, so she'll have to get a private sector job if she wants to live indoors and eat.
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Teresa Martinez
09:47 AM on 10/21/2012
The teacher was defiantly a republican, using bullying as the solution for all problems.
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sandmn7442
10:09 AM on 10/21/2012
Faved
Astute observation
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jcolvin325
Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
10:44 AM on 10/21/2012
Obviously a typical union teacher...teaching union thuggery.
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basic logic
09:42 AM on 10/21/2012
And I hope this doesn't put poor Jaxon isn't put off school and teachers. There are some amazing ones out there too.
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basic logic
09:44 AM on 10/21/2012
Terrible writing there- ignore 'isn't put'
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basic logic
09:41 AM on 10/21/2012
How was she allowed to become a teacher? She should be fired and banned from teaching forever! This is insane.
It's horrible teacher stories like these mixed with some of the awful ones I had as a child that make me think I should become a teacher after University. Give children a real chance at being educated-academically, morally and for the real world.
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rainbow cadet
11:50 AM on 10/21/2012
Can we fire the mom for raising a brat?
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basic logic
12:36 PM on 10/21/2012
A kid is a kid, some are worse than others. Doesn't excuse what a bad teacher she is/was. 
09:41 AM on 10/21/2012
good for the teacher
the kid is probably a spoiled brat who needed to be taught a valuable lesson
when I was a child a story like that told to my parents would have resulted in a well deserved butt lickin
support our teachers
these kids are so out ofg control today due to a lack of good parenting
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laaambchop
Cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom
10:15 AM on 10/21/2012
I do hope your first fly of the day is extra juicy!
KenInd
We too shall get through this.....
10:30 AM on 10/21/2012
'butt lickin'

You conjure up some pretty sick images. Sick. Go away. Thank you.
Paulo1
Thanks for reading, (even if you disagree)
09:23 AM on 10/21/2012
A) I'm glad they suspended the teacher. It was a very fifth grade solution to the problem and a teacher should be able to come up with better.
B) If it was organized by the students and not the teacher I'd be raving about their putting an end to his behavior. He certainly isn't going to be eager to Raspberry anyone else ever again.
C) Claim Trauma and move to Arizona? I suspect what it actually happening is that Mom sees dollar signs from the lawsuit. Wait till her little boy hits puberty, if she thinks this was traumatic she should sign him up for a psych ward now.
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pattio66
Stand easy, Grace!
09:58 AM on 10/21/2012
If true, the teacher will never work in her chosen profession again, and that's a good thing. But as far as I can tell, this story is based on the words of a 9-year-old alone. There's an investigation going on right now, I'm willing to reserve judgment on the teacher for the moment.

Mom is an entirely different case, I agree wholeheartedly that if she thinks it's appropriate to call the press instead of the school board president, she and the kid are both going to have lots of problems coming up over the next decade.
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Edmcsingin
Pedaling uphill backwards.
09:18 AM on 10/21/2012
Who doesn't like raspberries. They are full of vitamin c and are good for you.
It doesn't say if this Teacher and this kid has had a history of disiplinary issues so hopefully they both will learn something from this and not do it again.
KenInd
We too shall get through this.....
10:32 AM on 10/21/2012
Good point, except it equates the teacher's behavior with the child's. Where is the maturity here? Next, a new TV show: 'Are You More Mature than a Nine Year Old?'.
09:06 AM on 10/21/2012
Don't worry folks, don't worry.

The union will save her job.
KenInd
We too shall get through this.....
10:33 AM on 10/21/2012
Sadly, I think you are probably right.

If this were a private school, she would most likely be on the street picking up the contents of her desk drawers.
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01:13 PM on 10/21/2012
or they might actually support her and get to the bottom of this, and not allow a pissed off nine year old and his ridiculous mother to call the shots.
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Dan Bunn
If ig*nor*ance is bliss, then I'm in trouble...
08:43 AM on 10/21/2012
Nothing would surprise me anymore...

there are apparently Nazi's teaching in our schools now, as this isn't the only case of abuse lately....
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SuburbanMalcontent
Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.
09:58 AM on 10/21/2012
You think it's only now? I can name no less than six incidents of worse abuse by teachers in my years from 4th through 12th grade in the late 80's to early 90's. Everything from a kid being duct-taped to a chair with his mouth taped shut, a desk thrown at a student, a dictionary whipped at every one of us in a music class, a kid being choke-slammed up against a wall in high school, etc. And that was in a normal middle class suburban school district. This stuff has been around for ages.
KenInd
We too shall get through this.....
10:38 AM on 10/21/2012
Agreed. We were just a little more aware of it and knew when not to push things too far when those teachers were around.

But I recall one hated teacher's prized Fiat Spider sports car being placed ever so carefully between two large tree trucks with no more than a centimeter to spare at either bumper, and that teacher not getting much support from the principal or other teachers as he huffed and puffed to find a way to dislodge it. He soon left. A former marine, if I remember correctly, with issues over physical punishment. Six friends and I had tired arms for few days, but we were never found out.