Greenbrier pupil attack more serious than first reported

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A March 3 incident in which a Greenbrier Elementary School teacher was injured during an altercation with a special needs student turns out to have been far more serious than initially acknowledged by Columbia County school system officials.

The day of the incident, Columbia County Deputy School Superintendent Sandra Carraway said a second-grade teacher who received a laceration to the scalp merely tripped during the incident involving a second-grader.

"It was reported to me that she had stitches from the fall, not from anything the child did to her," Carraway told a reporter the day of the incident.

However, a report filed the next day by Columbia County sheriff's deputies describes a violent altercation in which an 8-year-old special needs student attacked a teacher and a paraprofessional after they confronted him for punching another child on the playground.

Deputies weren't called to the school to investigate until the day after the incident, said Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

According to the report, parapro Candy Turner, 44, was in the hallway talking to the student about the playground incident shortly after 2 p.m. March 3. The student suddenly "jumped at Mrs. Turner and started swinging at her. He hit her numerous times and then jumped on her back and choked her," the report states.

The teacher, Julie Wilkins, 43, was in the classroom filling out a disciplinary referral for the student when she heard Turner's screams and saw the altercation. As Wilkins started toward the two, the student jumped off Turner, ran toward Wilkins and shoved her backward violently. She then "fell from the push and hit her head on the desk, causing a laceration to her head," the report states.

The student then resumed his attack on Turner, swinging at and kicking her until "several other teachers" ran from nearby classrooms, restrained the boy and carried him to the office, the report states.

Turner later took Wilkins to an emergency room where she received stitches to her scalp, Morris said.

"It was a very serious event. This child had a meltdown," Carraway said. "He definitely was out of control."

Asked to explain why her initial comments seemed to downplay the incident, Carraway said she answered questions about the case that evening with the information she had available at the time.

"I wasn't at all trying to minimize it," Carraway said. "I was trying to report what happened. It was my goal to try to give what I knew. In the future? I'll say, 'This is the initial report to me.' I'm sorry if I wasn't as accurate as what I could have been, but I didn't know any different at the time."

Her initial information on the case had come by telephone from Robert Jarrell, assistant superintendent of student support, who earlier had discussed the incident with Greenbrier Elementary Principal Judy Holton, Carraway said.

The student was sent home the day of the incident with his parents and his parents brought him back to school the next day for the investigation, she said.

He was then sent home with his parents at the direction of a juvenile system officer after the police report was filed. The boy was charged as a juvenile with one count of battery for the attack on Wilkins, Morris said, adding that Turner did not press charges.

As a special needs student, the child's school system discipline will be determined by his Individualized Educational Program committee, required for all special needs students, Carraway said.

"They will do whatever is in the best interest of that child, of the other children in that school and of those teachers," Carraway said.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/12/10 - 05:16 pm
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O.U.T.

O.U.T.

God save America
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God save America 03/12/10 - 05:32 pm
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i fell sorry for special

i fell sorry for special needs kids and their parents. these kids don't need to be in public schools they need to be in schools that can handle their fits and needs. sandra carraway should have known what had happened before reporting false statements tothe paper. the greenbrier principal should have reported the attack the day it happened to the police. turner and wilkins should press charges against the kid because one day he may kill somebody. just cause he is a special needs student he has to pay for this attack and sent to a special school.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 03/12/10 - 05:39 pm
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Man, this kid is 8 and

Man, this kid is 8 and wrecked two teachers? Special needs? His needs are a UFC contract! I'd say there is something loose in that child that will cause more issues down the road.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 03/12/10 - 05:43 pm
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Sounds like this 8 year old

Sounds like this 8 year old needs to be in a special needs school, ie: GA Regional or Lynwood, but not a public school. Teachers in public schools SHOULD not be subjected to behavior problems such as this. He needs to be OUT!

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/12/10 - 05:55 pm
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Here we go again......and I'd

Here we go again......and I'd be willing to bet this wasn't his first time acting in this manner. Maybe he was already mainstreamed? Perhaps a self-contained class in a psychoed center would be more appropriate if he acts this way in the regular setting.

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 03/12/10 - 06:16 pm
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The more we learn about the

The more we learn about the more unbelieveable it gets! It seems to me that with this kind of injuries to the teachers that the police should have been called right away. While I wish to give Ms. Carraway the benefit of doubt I just have a hard time believing that they were not aware of the severity of this incident and its need to be properly reported. I also agree with the other posts that this child had no business in this schooll setting.

concernmom
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concernmom 03/12/10 - 06:17 pm
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SO this is why the fed.

SO this is why the fed. gov't. will repay your most of your student loans if you are a special needs teacher...
These children need to be in special education schools that have the staff and training to handle violent outbursts. Thank goodness he did not attack another child, or children for that matter.

Chillen
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Chillen 03/12/10 - 06:21 pm
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First of all, I do feel sorry

First of all, I do feel sorry for parents of special needs kids. It must a be rough life. However, there have been 2 articles this week documenting serious injury to 2 teachers, a third was punched & choked, a student was punched and an unborn life was ended.

My mother worked in public schools with these kids in the 1970's. She was bit, hit, punched, wrestled and even had a knife pulled on her. She finally quit to go teach college. They obviously have not improved the behavior of these kids in the last 30 years by having them in the public schools. The social experiment has failed. How much more do we need to tolerate? These children to do not need to be in public schools. The schools have enough to deal with these days, they don't need injured teachers & students too.

Many of these kids are peaceful, sweet, loving children, my daughter loves working with them at her high school in the buddy club. However, the ones prone to violence need to go, immediately if not sooner. One strike & they are out & sent to a special needs school (funded by the parents).

Respectfully
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Respectfully 03/12/10 - 06:50 pm
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Sadly these things do happen

Sadly these things do happen more than ever reported to the news. A teacher had sanitizer put in her drink when she was pregnant. The drink was out of sight behind her desk and it was a special needs student that did it. While some special needs students are just fine in the regular room, some just are not. To make matters even worse, don't forget that science and social studies classrooms do not get a special needs teacher to help the special inclusion kids like math and lang. arts do.

timereader
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timereader 03/12/10 - 07:07 pm
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get that child some help NOW!

get that child some help NOW!

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/12/10 - 07:47 pm
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Yep, your man Bedden, what a

Yep, your man Bedden, what a heck of a job he is doing--cover up that is!!!

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/12/10 - 07:48 pm
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No, take the child and his

No, take the child and his "parent" out of society now! Second Grade, probably 15!!!!

ironpurps
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ironpurps 03/12/10 - 08:14 pm
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Those who teach special needs

Those who teach special needs children are a superb, dedicated group. I salute you!

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/12/10 - 08:19 pm
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Come on, what is what, AC,

Come on, what is what, AC, one story says 8 yrs old, another says 12 and 13---what is the real story? Sean, do you have any real control besides "remark" cop!

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/12/10 - 08:20 pm
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Bedden trying a "COVER-UP"

Bedden trying a "COVER-UP" UNTIL he gets the TX Job--hee, ehhe!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/12/10 - 08:22 pm
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Carraway didn't know because

Carraway didn't know because she did not WANT to know. Her job is protecting the bowtied geek in chief and the bureaucrats that are in charge of telling the teachers and public everything is 0-kay. Who are we going to believe, them or our lying eyes?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/12/10 - 08:26 pm
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GlassRinker, Greenbrier is in

GlassRinker, Greenbrier is in Columbia County-- not Bedden's territory.

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/12/10 - 08:31 pm
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DST, check--my bad! Thinking

DST, check--my bad! Thinking the Butler deal--still my bad! Stand CORRECTED!

corgimom
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corgimom 03/12/10 - 08:50 pm
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I am willing to bet that

I am willing to bet that somebody that knew about the attack contacted the AC and told them "Here's the real story." And most of us on here already knew it was different that the "spin" story.

mandyme
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mandyme 03/12/10 - 08:54 pm
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Taa Daaaaa!!! Told you so.

Taa Daaaaa!!! Told you so. My child is in this class, and NO...this is not the first incident. Also, none of the parents in this class that I know were aware that he was "special needs". Read the comments from the first article last Thursday. To all those who commented last week and thought I was wrong....Told you so. Like I said, I am going to believe the words of the three 8 year old's I spoke with ( in our neighborhood, one being my child) before I will believe the words of an adult that puts the old "spin" on it. If you really want to have your skin crawl...listen to one of those innocent children tell you what they saw....including " all the blood all over the floor"....yeah....sit on that for a while. Society. God Bless us All.

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 03/12/10 - 08:58 pm
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No doubt about it as far as I

No doubt about it as far as I am concerned our schools are one dangerous place to be for teachers and students.

Chillen
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Chillen 03/12/10 - 09:06 pm
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mandyme Is this child in a

mandyme Is this child in a regular classroom?

mandyme
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mandyme 03/12/10 - 09:18 pm
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Chillen~ he was in the

Chillen~ he was in the classroom....not right now.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/12/10 - 09:18 pm
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You know, we bloggers can

You know, we bloggers can post until we're blue in the fingertips, but these "emotionally behaviorally disturbed" children will continue to be mainstreamed in regular classrooms, creating a distraction if not a threat. That is because the federal government, the U.S. Dept. of Education is in charge and they don't care what you or I think.

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/12/10 - 09:35 pm
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Just how many "asst supers

Just how many "asst supers and Principals do these schools have anyway?? Legislature--take a look! LL, you know you cn't adjust classes by learning ability--come on--the fed says you can't!

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dichotomy 03/12/10 - 09:37 pm
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Well, I would comment on the

Well, I would comment on the "special needs" situation but they deleted my earlier comment on the little thug that caused the teacher to lose her baby. Suffice it to say that most of these "special needs" kids "especially needed" their little backsides worked on by their parents when they were younger and continued to be worked on all the way into their teens if they keep acting up.

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/12/10 - 09:45 pm
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Dich----AMEN!

Dich----AMEN!

mable8
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mable8 03/12/10 - 10:39 pm
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Not all special needs

Not all special needs children are violent, nor do they attack other people. There are plenty of children in the school system who are supposedly intelligent and have the capacity to learn at a normal rate yet create havoc through their uncontrolled behaviors. The reality is that most students, special needs or otherwise, are good children; we only hear about the ones who make trouble, which paints an unrealistic picture of the students attending any school. In all fairness, the media should provide public information on those students who do well, accomplish their goals, and the good work they do in the community--and do this on the same page that the aggressive behaviors some students seem prone to commit. At least the public will know that not all is lost.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/12/10 - 10:53 pm
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Unfortunately, the problem

Unfortunately, the problem most of these brats have is not that they weren't pounded on by their "parents", because a large percentage get that regularly, sometimes for the most unlikely, bizarre and capricious reasons.

What they lack was being loved consistently and adequately up through about age 3 years, so that they learn to love other people. That's why they don't have a clue: They don't care about anybody else. And it's simply because nobody loved them enough so that they learned to love back.

dominionfs
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dominionfs 03/13/10 - 12:23 am
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Fiat says : What they lack

Fiat says : What they lack was being loved consistently and adequately up through about age 3 years, so that they learn to love other people. That's why they don't have a clue: They don't care about anybody else. And it's simply because nobody loved them enough so that they learned to love back.
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Another violent, mental defective in school and the solution is to love him some more. Good God, wake up. You want to love this little animal, then love him away from the rest of society until you have loved him enough to fit into society. While I don't always agree with Chillen, there are special needs children who want to learn, want to do well and want to be a part of, instead of apart from. Add to those the children for whom school is fun or challenging. Why they should be denied the best education possible because some violent midget mongrel is thrown into their school to appease bleeding heart, politically correct morons is beyond me.

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