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An exclusive CBS 2 investigation discovered Treveon Martin is one of at least 818 Chicago Public School students, since 2003, to allege being battered by a teacher or an aide, coach, security guard, or even a principal. In most of those cases - 568 of them - Chicago Public School investigators determined the children were telling the truth.
The 2 Investigators found reports of students beaten with broomsticks, whipped with belts, yard sticks, struck with staplers, choked, stomped on and pushed down stairs. One substitute teacher even fractured a student's neck.
But even more alarming, in the vast majority of cases, teachers found guilty were only given a slap on the wrist.
"Any founded allegation where an adult is hitting a child, hitting a student - they're going to be gone," Duncan said.
But that's not what happened under Duncan's watch. Of the 568 verified cases, only 24 led to termination. Records show one teacher who quote "battered students for several years" was simply given a "warning" by the Board of Education.
And another student was given "100 licks with a belt." The abuse was substantiated, but the records show the teacher was not terminated.
There is a state law that bans corporal punishment. But as our 2 Investigators first exposed in September - students are being hit by coaches too. Paddles were confiscated, and CBS 2 exposed gym security tape at Simeon Career Academy showing a coach paddling volleyball players reportedly for missing serves.
Martin says the teacher injured him after he got into a scuffle with a classmate over an eraser.
"My back really hurted, and then at the end of the day, I had to go the hospital," Martin said.
His mother, Courtney Smith, says he was taken by ambulance and treated for a contusion on his back. It is children around his age who appear to be most at risk. The 2 Investigators found the students with the most complaints are in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Originally posted by lost in the midwest
All I can say is if this is true and the teachers were let off with light punishment, watch out. The guy who was in charge of the Chicago school system is now our Secatery of Education.
Edited for spelling (god bless public schooling)
[edit on 11-2-2009 by lost in the midwest]
Originally posted by Retseh
Speaking as someone who came through a school system where caning, slippering, choking, and general physical violence was commonplace for student punishment, I'm all for it.
None of my school friends is in jail, 2 are engineers, one is a doctor, and I work in computer science.
None of us complain about our harsh school regimen, in fact we look back on those days fondly, beatings and all.
I wonder how these punks will fare in the real world after growing up with zero discipline and zero respect for authority.
PS - this viewpoint is unlikely to find much favor hereabouts with all our resident free radicals.
[edit on 11-2-2009 by Retseh]
Originally posted by PammyK
Well then, why are the parents not standing up to them? I do not believe in "beating" children but I do believe if parents give permission for their child to be spanked when badly misbehaving, that is ok. When I was growing up I never saw anyone "beat" but did see a few spankings. I think many kids now a days are not disiplined by their parents and are out of control. This problem we have is causing problems in the schools. But beating, choking, and other things are outlandish!