Mildred RussTeachers are so important in our children's lives. We send our precious babies off into their care each day trusting that they will teach and nurture them. Most of them do so with love and devotion, but sometimes they don't, and that's terrifying. A recent incident in which a teacher choked a 6-year old student at recess is enough to make all parents question the people in charge of our children at school.
According to WAFB, Mildred Russ, a veteran teacher in Baker, Louisiana, totally lost any sense of right or wrong when trying to discipline little Kiya Rogers during recess. Witnesses told police the 65-year-old teacher took the girl's own sweater and wrapped it around her neck, and every time she tried to move, she pulled it tighter. Then she dragged her across the playground to the office, right out of her shoes.
And it gets worse.
While the horrifying incident happened on Monday, the mother didn't learn of it from school officials until Wednesday -- two days later. Can you imagine not knowing that something like that happened to your own child? How dare they keep that from her. The girl only suffered a few bruises, but who knows what kind of emotional trauma she endured.
The girl admits she was talking when she wasn't supposed to be, but I don't care what she did. No teacher, no adult, should ever treat a child in that manner. There are always other ways, better ways, and for someone in such a trusted position to act in such a manner is reprehensible.
The teacher has been charged with cruelty to a juvenile and is currently out on paid administrative leave. As far as I'm concerned, she should never teach again, as I can't think of any explanation or excuse that could possibly make what she did okay.
Have you ever known a teacher to treat a child in a cruel manner?
Image via East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office