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Is this child abuse?
Old 04-15-2017, 02:50 PM
 
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Although I am a sub, this topic is more suited to the general teaching population.

I had an interesting situation yesterday in a 1st grade class where I was a one day sub in a room I had never visited.

A girl was unsettled and weeping in the computer lab because she was struggling with the reading program.

The girl sitting next to her said, "her dad makes her eat hot sauce when she clips down", which is in reference to the behavior chart.

I talked to the girl about it later in private to see if this was true.

To paraphrase, she said that when she is on yellow, she needs to eat hot mustard, when she is on red she needs to eat hot sauce.

She added that when she is on green she gets apple candy and when she is on purple ( the best) she gets grape candy.

I wrote a note to the teacher who was on campus.

She said she got it will look into it.

Strange indeed!


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Old 04-15-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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If hotline it. First, I'd rather err on the side of caution and have it come back unfounded and second, if that's what she's talking about, who knows what else is going on that she's NOT talking about.
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Yes, that is abuse! Please call and report this incident!
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It really isn't your job to decide if it's abuse. It's their job. I think it's worth reporting.
FWIW, that's why I hate those behavior clip charts. I once had a student whose mom beat her when she got a bad report. I haven't used those kinds of charts since I found that out.
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You are a mandated reporter.
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I think you have to move forward.


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I'd talk to the homeroom teacher and principal. Maybe they have pursued this already. And if not, then all can get involved.
Keep us posted!
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I don't know about your state, but in mine. CPS wouldn't do anything for a second hand report. I.e. "The sub said...". I would be told the sub would have to call in. Part of the reason this happened is because principals used to call CPS for teachers (who legit complained to principals). Then, the teacher would turn around and say they never saw it.
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That's so sad. I hope it's not true! I would follow up with the teacher and report it if the teacher didn't. Just to be safe!
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Aren't subs mandated reporters? In my state, reporting suspected child abuse to the teacher or the principal or any other school personnel would NOT replace the obligation to call the child abuse hotline personally. It's optional to tell other adults in the school. It's required to call the hotline.

Additionally, it is not the responsibility of the teacher (or sub or principal or school nurse or ...) to investigate. We are not trained investigators. Our responsibility is to report any suspected abuse or neglect. The fact that you are concerned enough to post on this board means that you suspect abuse. Make the call.
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