​School Principal Caught on Camera Dragging Kindergartners Through the Hallway (VIDEO)

When I think about kindergarten, I picture a peaceful environment that is both fun and educational. At this grade level, children are getting their first taste of being away from mom and dad for long periods of time -- which can be super scary. With hope, caring teachers are introducing them to books and fascinating subjects that will awaken in them a life-long love of learning, while taking their emotional needs into consideration and disciplining them in ways that teach, and don't disrespect.

Well, that's the ideal scenario, anyway. In reality, some school administrators, like the principal of one school in Connecticut, aren't thinking twice before doing horrendous things, like dragging 5 and 6-year-old children across the hallway as if they were animals.

Tisdale School principal Carmen Perez Dickson was caught on two different occasions dragging two kindergarten students through the hallways of her school. Both of these incidences took place in 2012, but the parents of the children have recently leaked video footage of her actions -- I'm guessing because they were pretty put off by the slap on the wrist Dickson received after this all came out.

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Instead of being fired, the principal was suspended for 6 months. She's expected to return to the district as an administrator, though not at the same school. According to Dickson's lawyer, she was using "reasonable force" to remove these children from the ground and did not violate Board of Education policy. Maybe not, but if you view the video you'll see it doesn't seem as if the children are hurting themselves or Dickson. Surely, there was a more humane way to get them up?

My toddler hasn't reached the age where she attends school yet, but I look forward to her having the same magical experiences I had. I still remember my kindergarten teachers -- their patience, kindness, and the slick, thoughtful ways they disciplined us without making us feel unworthy. No teacher ever laid a hand on me or called me names, and if I found out a school administrator was treating my child like an animal, I'd feel angry, resentful, and sad. Especially if that person wasn't properly punished for her behavior.

Watch the video and let us know what you think:

Do you feel the principal was out of line or do you think it's okay to discipline young children this way?


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nonmember avatar Chadwell

As a mom I know that my kids know if there in trouble the fall to the ground, because they think they want get in trouble this way.. so I will do my best to pick them and put them in time out... maybe something similar happened here. You can not let children get by with disruptive behavior in the classroom... maybe they asked this child to walk and would not go... either way she went with it she would get fussed at by someone parents..

AliPa... AliParker

I think she was just trying to remove bratty kids from the classroom and they were not listening. I do a lot of work in my kids' classrooms and there are not one but two students in my daughters class that are incredibly horrible children. Our principal has had to physically move them from the classroom on a couple occasions. They just don't listen and it isn't alright for the rest of the class to have to be ignored or lose learning time because these assholes can't act right. Realistically what should she have done? Let them lay on the ground the whole day. She has work to do as well.

nonmember avatar Dawn

My mother is a kindergarten teacher and there are all sorts of behavioral problems in that class. A lot of people use kindergarten as daycare and their kids just aren't ready to be there. Also, the integration of severe behavior kids makes it pretty tough to judge if this principal was using unnecessary force. I think there is more to this than meets the eye.

nonmember avatar Mommyof2

If a child is misbehaving then I understand they need to be removed from the classroom. However, if it gets to the point of them refusing or laying down in "protest" for lack of a better word, a phone call should be made to the parents. These children aren't animals and don't deserve to be treated as such. I have a daughter in kindergarten and I pity any person who even attempted to handle her in this manner. I can guarantee I wouldn't settle for a slap on the wrist, nor should any parent.

And shame on you, Ali Parker. They arent "assholes". They are children. They are probably spoke to in that disgusting manner at home which contributes to the way they behave. Instead of bashing kids, try helping!

the4m... the4mutts

I think she was well within her rights! How else is she supposed to remove disruptive children who wont move? If she carried them like babies, their parents could have complained that she touched their bottoms or some dumb shit.

She was damned if she did, damned if she didn't.

I have hard wood floors in my house. I have drug my kids through the house on more than one occasion. Especially when largely pregnant. They thought if they laid down, I couldnt bend over far enough to pick them up and take them to time out. Joke was on them. I couldn't lift them, but I certainly could drag them

Sosidity Sosidity

If these kids threw themselves on the ground in a bratty protest, more power to her. One of the kids even got up and walked after she dragged him a bit. I don't see this as being a big issue. Her only other option was to pick them up and carry them out. If the principal had to be called in the first place, clearly the child was the issue. These parents need to focus on their children's bad behavior. That is what caused this whole situation. 

swtga... swtgapeach8806

Oh, HELL no. I don't care if those kids were being bratty and refusing to move or not, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone but the childs own parents using that as a way to get them moving. There is zero excuse for what she did. 

nonmember avatar Nicole

I don't know if I would be able to control my anger in this situation if this happened to my child. Either way I would have no choice but to move my child to another school, no question about it. My childs safelty is more important than waiting to see if this school will punish accordingly.

mseelen mseelen

I would've come up to that school, and dragged her down the hall way by her hair!

AliPa... AliParker


in my own opinion (that I'm perfectly allowed to have) those kids are assholes. It's not usually their fault that they act that way, it's usually their parents lack of parenting but they're assholes nonetheless. I didn't call them worthless members of society or say they deserved to be punched in the face so calm yourself. A school aged child knows better than to throw theirselves on the ground and refuse to get up. They know they're doing something inappropriate but they do it still. It's not ok.  

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