Pregnant teacher hit during scuffle

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A pregnant Collins Elementary School teacher struck in the stomach during a student scuffle last week remained on leave Monday, Richmond County school officials said.

The fight, on Wednesday, involved two male special needs students, 12 and 13 years old, school system spokesman Louis Svehla confirmed Monday.

"While she (the teacher) was intervening, she was struck once in the arm and once in the stomach," Svehla said. "The students were then separated with the assistance of other teachers and taken to the front office."

Svehla said the teacher, whom he wouldn't name, was examined by the school nurse, who recommended she see her physician. As of Monday, Svehla said, the teacher had not returned to school. He said he wasn't aware of the baby's condition.

Svehla said both students, who also were not named, are being remanded to a tribunal, with suspensions pending. Neither student was injured. Officials said the 12-year-old is in the sixth grade; the 13-year-old's grade level was not known.

This year, Collins added seventh-grade classes, and next year it will add eighth-grade students, Svehla said.

There is no record of the fight or the teacher's injury being reported to school police or the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, according to officials of both agencies.

Lt. Richard Roundtree, of the school system's Department of School Safety, said he was unaware of the case.

Elementary schools don't have an officer assigned but can request that one be sent, he said.

Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said Monday that he also wasn't aware of the case.

Svehla said it's up to each elementary school's principal to decide when a board officer is needed. He also said the school system doesn't give direction as to whether a teacher should try breaking up a student fight.

"We don't tell them that they have to, and we don't have a rule against doing it," he said in an e-mail.

A message left Monday at Collins Elementary for its principal, Thomas Norris, wasn't immediately returned.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com

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jebko
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jebko 01/26/10 - 03:47 am
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'Svehla said....' NOT MR.

'Svehla said....' NOT MR. Svhela. Now if this had been an article about a rapist/dope head, he would have a MISTER in front of his name.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/26/10 - 05:09 am
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It's not about having a 7th

It's not about having a 7th or 8th grade included. It's not about the age of the students. It's about having special ed. students in a school without specially trained and physically able teachers. This politically correct effort of "mainstreaming" special ed students endangers more than just a few people.

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LadyCisback 01/26/10 - 06:25 am
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I agree.. they (special

I agree.. they (special education) are too much to have them in the classroom in addition to the students that simply misbehave and are just disrespectful and disruptive in the classroom..

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55 F-100 01/26/10 - 07:40 am
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Expel the little thugs and

Expel the little thugs and let the parents worry about their education.

onlynaugusta
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onlynaugusta 01/26/10 - 07:43 am
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It seems that the school

It seems that the school system is never concern about the welfare of the teachers until something happens. Special needs children are clearly defined. They need special needs. How hard is this to understand? Anyone pregnant shouldn't be in that type of environment. Teachers are not treated fairly. More grants and funds need to be provide for teachers who desire to work in that specialty. It requires and takes alot out of a teacher who tries to educate both types of students. There needs to be a school designed specially for special need students. I don't think it's fair to any special needs child to be placed in a normal classroom.

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gnumbgnuts 01/26/10 - 07:43 am
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You people assume these

You people assume these "special needs" students wear helmets and sit in the corner slobbering. Most are just a little behind in reading comprehension or a particular subject. I'm sure giving kids that label yields extra funds for the school also. Walk into today's special needs class. It looks like any other class.

cleanup
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cleanup 01/26/10 - 07:47 am
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It's illegal for this

It's illegal for this principal not to report the incident properly. Richmond County ran off a good principal about six years ago for this, and replaced her with a joke.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/26/10 - 08:12 am
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Special ed students need

Special ed students need special supervision,, sometimes a female can't control a male student.. We need some retired vets or policemen to patrol some schools..I know from my daughters school days some of the teachers were afraid of the big male students..& this was regular school...when I think back to my schooldays,, it was the other way,, we were afraid of getting a whupping in school & at home for misbehaving.

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grinder48 01/26/10 - 08:20 am
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jebko, that's a pet peeve of
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jebko, that's a pet peeve of mine also. When will these journalists and newcasters get it through their heads that "Mr." is a term of respect and shouldn't be used for criminals.

grinder48
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grinder48 01/26/10 - 08:22 am
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Now to the subject at hand.
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Now to the subject at hand. Kids will fight. Why the heck was this pregnant teacher involved? Both she and the BOE have culpability.

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scoobynews 01/26/10 - 08:40 am
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With mainstreaming this could

With mainstreaming this could have been the regular education teacher. Special needs students are not pulled from classrooms and usually the special needs teacher is co-teaching in the same room. A good rule of thumb is to hit the office call button and let them duke it out until someone comes to get them. It is not worth getting yourself or your unborn child hurt.

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KingJames 01/26/10 - 11:20 am
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One of my elementary school

One of my elementary school teachers told our class on the first day of school that she didn't stop fights. She was about 5 feet 3 inches tall, and most of us were already as big or bigger than her. She and a few other teachers said they would wait for it to end and take all parties involved to the office. I think the janitor and the only male teacher in the building stop all the fights. I don't think teachers should ever step in the middle because kid's adrenaline is already going and they won't stop fighting just because an adult says so or is standing between them and their opponent. Best wishes and a speedy recovery for the teacher and her unborn child.

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walkerjones 01/26/10 - 12:14 pm
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I am sorry the teacher was

I am sorry the teacher was injured, but speaking from a parent's perspective, I would be upset if teachers stood around and watched students fight, especially if one of the students were at a disadvantage physically. Secondly,the practice of placing special needs students in the general ed class is called Inclusion. I know a retired special education teacher whose last year teaching involved Inclusion. She said she was amazed at how the special needs students blended in with the general ed class, and really put forth a lot of effort to learn what was being taught. She also said that a lot of things the special need students were exposed to would not have been introduced in a self-contained class, but she was also amazed at what they picked up and were able to retain. To place special needs students away from the general ed population would be a dis-service to them and place them further behind academically than they already are. Special need students with disruptive behaviors, perhaps, should not be allowed back in the general ed class but be returned to self-contained classes.

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helpicantfindthespacebar 01/26/10 - 01:10 pm
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Hopefully this will serve as

Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to other teachers. If you are pregnant or in any way unable to break up a fight without injury to yourself, stay out of it and call for help. This teacher probably reacted instinctively to the fight, but when you are vulnerable to injury you need to gear your instincts to self-preservation.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 01/26/10 - 01:36 pm
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It is obvious that most of

It is obvious that most of the posters to this article are neither teachers, parent of a special needs child, or been in school in the last ten years. Special Needs does not equal retarded. These children may have difficulties with reading, math, writing, or social skills, but otherwise be normal. They may also be physically handicapped, but mentally be fine, and educationally on grade level.
The federal laws regarding No Child Left Behind, protect these children as well. These require that the child be taught in the "least restictive enviroment", thereby eliminating segretion.

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scoobynews 01/26/10 - 03:10 pm
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I don't think any of us want

I don't think any of us want to watch kids fight but when I was pregnant MY child comes first. If a teacher hits the call button and waits on someone to come help (which is usually pretty quick) then she is protecting herself and her unborn child. Parents should be teaching their kids NOT to fight in the first place. You would not believe the number of kids that have told me that their parents TOLD them to defend themselves rather than walk away. If your in a room with an authority figure to walk away is the best solution. In fact walk TOO the authority figure or call for help. I don't think the fact that they were special needs students should have even been mentioned in the article.

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crackertroy 01/26/10 - 03:38 pm
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Let the two little idiots
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Let the two little idiots beat each other's brains out, I wouldn't jeopardize the well-being of my unborn child for a couple of retards.

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KSL 01/26/10 - 04:01 pm
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Do away with no child left

Do away with no child left behind.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/26/10 - 06:04 pm
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Newsreader, what is the

Newsreader, what is the fantasy of the politically correct is far from what is reality. Special ed. means special problems that need to be addressed. Lowering the standards, slowing the standards, "handling" the standards that include special ed. students means lowering , slowing and "handling" school in a way that is not conducive to the education of the "unspecial" children. Lowest common denominator is what led to the dumbing down of America that is so popular with Dems. Who knew?

workingmom
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workingmom 01/26/10 - 07:29 pm
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johnston.cliff, I disagree

johnston.cliff, I disagree that schools have lowered standard to allow for inclusion students. Most of these children learn a great deal from each other and they are not all mentally challenged, as many would think. I do, however, believe allowing students who have serious behavior problems to continue to stay in regular classrooms and disrupt learning and threaten or hurt others should not be allowed. This happens more often than most people think.

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corgimom 01/26/10 - 07:48 pm
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Violent children should not

Violent children should not be in regular classrooms. What about the other children- don't they have the right to attend school and be safe?

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disssman 01/26/10 - 08:48 pm
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Walkerjones you sure know how

Walkerjones you sure know how to two-step that PC line don't you. We have a special ed student down the street 6"2" tall around 250 lbs and he isn't allowed outside by himself because he is potentially dangerous. I would sure hate to think what would happen if he got mad at a teacher or another student. As to teachers, didn't I read a few weeks ago that we are assigning two teachers to each of these students? Real question is does the teacher teach to the lowest level of the class or not? If so what happens to the rest of the normal students?

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