What would you do if you found out your child was being harassed by his/her teacher?
What if you found out your child was being harassed by his/her teacher? Keeping in mind that if you go into school and go crazy, it can have a huge effect on your childs school life their. Knowing how peers could end up treating her and mocking her.
Depends what was going on...
I would probably talk to the teacher first but if things didn't change right away, I would go to the school administrator or principal. In some cases I would be concerned about the teacher treating my child worse if I talked to them about it.
I would take up to the school district and have a full investigation. Evident is very important when it comes to this particular situation. Lots of teacher been accused wrongfully and most who is a pervert or the teacher that harassed student get away with it. I have an instructor, Mr. Hernadez, my health teacher in HS, he harassed his female student but take photos of their cleavage and under their skirts. He wasn't fired, it turn out to be the TA. Student thought it was our TA because he been acting strange but it wasn't him, it turn out to be our instructor Mr. Hernandez. So, before accusing someone in this particular act, a full investigation is required.
I don't believe in "going crazy" over anything in life because it's never the best way to handle any grievance or problem, no matter how legitimate or bad something is. I'd aim to remain objective, keeping in mind that the teacher and/or my child may only be presenting his/her own side/perspective. If, after I thought I had a good enough reading, I thought my child was the completely innocent victim of harassment; I'd politely and quietly "demand" that my child be removed from the class for starters. Nobody has to make a big show out of things. If the harassment were bad enough I'd follow through with legal action. I may also consider removing my child from the school if I didn't feel the school handled things appropriately and reasonably; or if I thought the "social consequences" of any legal process would affect my child. Basically, since I wouldn't want my child in school that handled such things poorly, it wouldn't be a case changing schools over an minor incident/situation.
If the situation/incident were minor enough, then a quiet switch without gossip and explanation to anyone would, I'd think, keep any talk/social consequences to a minimum. If the peers started giving her a hard time I'd expect someone from the school to talk to each one of them, tell them what goes on between one teacher and one student is not their business (and to essentially tell them to knock it off "or else"). Minor incidents tend to blow over. Sometimes it's inevitable that there'll be a little temporary flack when one happens. I'd think keeping that in mind and not over-reacting to it might be a good idea. Also, sometimes it's a good idea to (without fanfare or announcement) just "happen to be busy and keeping a lower profile" for awhile.
How effectively and powerfully anything is handled is never measured by the volume and craziness that can accompany some people's approach to dealing with things. Superintendents' files, personnel records, and court documents don't usually involve any decibel levels. Again, though, it would all depend on how serious the offense was; whether my child was particularly sensitive about some things that the average child may not be, etc. etc. It would also depend on whether my child was or wasn't a regular behavior problem in class and whether or not it was a matter of the teacher APPEARING to harass when, really maybe, s/he was regularly "on my child's back" about behaving (that type of thing).
I agree with mulberry1 in that it depends on what's going on, but the first step would be to approach the principal and vice-principal and express your concerns. You definitely don't want to jump down the teacher's throat, and going to the administration shows that you're respecting their authority in the school setting. Never a small item.
Speak to the principal immediately and report your concerns. If you do not get a satisfactory result then go to the superintendent of the local school district. Your child's welfare is the most important concern here and a teacher who bullies needs to be reported and stopped.
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