Forced to squat for 30 minutes, a 7th grader soils himself. Are teacher's disciplinary tactics getting way out of hand?
Last year, when Issac, an Illinois junior high student, and his friends left a mess in the lunchroom he and his pals were told to do laps. Only Issac, who suffers from asthma, couldn't finish.
So he was given another punishment.
A counselor and social worker forced the boy to remain in a squatting position with his arms extended holding two heavy books for nearly 30 minutes until he urinated on himself, according to a lawsuit filed last week against the South Holland School District. Eventually Issac was forced to return to class soaked in urine, according to court papers.
Leslie Connie, Issac's mom says her son has since suffered from extreme anxiety, panic attacks, recurring nightmares, frequent flashbacks and sleepwalking. Connie said her son now attends a private school.
Experts say the use of force in schools is increasing at a rapid pace -- at least one or two cases a week. "It's an awful combination, because many parents expect restraints to be used -- as long as it's not their kid," said Reece L. Peterson, a professor of special education at the University of Nebraska.
Do you think the school's punishment went too far?