What do you do when a principal punishes your child and you as a parent are not in agreement.

Jenny - posted on 03/01/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son recently accused a teacher of pushing him. When he went to the principal, the principal said he would "investigate" the "alleged" push. He also told my son that if in his findings, he did not find evidence that this push occurred, that he would give my son extra days of ISS (in school suspension). My son was upset. I then called a meeting with the principal and the teacher that pushed my son. In the meeting the principal was very mean. He was more concerned with proving my son to be a liar than dealing with the situation. I feel that he bullied the students that may have or may not have seen the incident, into saying nothing happened or they didn't see anything. He proceeded to give my son 3 days of ISS. I was shocked! What should I do? I was so mad when I left, I threatened a lawyer, but I can't afford one.

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Jodi - posted on 03/01/2015

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So the teacher pushed your son for no reason? Not that I agree A teacher should be putting their hands on a student, but I just find it odd that a teacher would just push a child for no reason. Do you mean like a shove? Was your son hurt? It is concerning that there were witnesses to the incident and yet the principal is not believing any of them. What did the teacher say happened?

Jenny - posted on 03/01/2015

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I'm sure if my son pushed the teacher, the teacher would have said so. There were a couple of students that saw what happens, but the principal would not accept their report as true because they are friends of my son. I have meet this teacher and he does not seem to be intimidated by my son's size. They are about the same frame. I believe that my son was pushed. The teacher may not have intended it to be a hard push, but one to move my son enough to grab the paper. I was going to just talk to the teacher and principal to make sure that this never happens again, but to accuse my son of being a liar and punishing him for it to boot. I find that way out of line! If a student can't trust the principal to stop teacher bulling than what? This is what is wrong with today, we don't believe in our children. Then when they turn to drugs, suicide, or shoot up a school...It's too late!

Jodi - posted on 03/01/2015

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You've asked a similar question before, but it must have been under a different profile. I did respond, asking how you know your son didn't push the teacher? Were there any witnesses? Your sons are both teens. They are likely bigger than the teacher involved. Some students this age can be incredibly intimidating if they are upset or angry.

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