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It's time to get serious about child abuse at school

When Albuquerque parents drop their kids off at school, they trust that their babies will be cared for by their teachers throughout the day. In most cases, schools take great care of our kids, but sometimes they don't.

Sometimes schools actually abuse our children, or they look the other way when our children are being mistreated. This kind of abuse and/or negligence can result in physical and emotional injuries.

What does abuse at school look like?

An education writer recently posted an article on the Teaching Tolerance online magazine that describes what child abuse can look like at school. The author described what were once called "Dummy Rooms," where schools put the kids who had trouble learning in the 1930s. It was in the dummy room that schools put the children with learning disabilities and other cognitive deficits.

Some of the children in "dummy rooms" simply needed glasses, hearing aids or regular meals. Many of the children didn't have actual mental disabilities. More importantly, no child should ever be characterized so negatively.

Mistreating kids at school is a thing of the past, right?

You might say, "Thank goodness for new special education techniques and better-trained teachers, as the above-described conditions are a thing of the past for kids." However, children still get mistreated. There was a case in Texas recently in which a boy died after a teacher tried to restrain him.

During the last two decades, there have been hundreds of lawsuits concerning the abusive behavior of teachers. Parents have accused teachers of abusing children through various forms of restraint and seclusion. In other cases, teachers look the other way and don't intervene with children get abused by their fellow classmates.

Students with disabilities appear to be the most frequent targets of abuse -- and many of these students suffer lasting physical and emotional injuries because of the mistreatment. Some have even died.

Did a teacher or school official hurt your child?

If your child was the victim of abuse at school, the circumstance and injuries could be sufficient to support a personal injury claim. Every case of abuse is different, but a thorough examination of the facts pertaining to your child's injuries or emotional trauma and how they occurred will reveal whether your family has a viable case in this regard.

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