by The Hastings Star-Gazette
June 16, 2010 at 7:55 am in The Hastings Star-Gazette
An unruly student prompted Hastings Middle School to be locked down for nine minutes Thursday, June Continue Reading
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Good work, fast thinking and quick response to a potentially violent situation. the staff and principal did the right thing by removing the other kids from the class, especially since the student didn’t want to leave on their own. Forcibly removing him/her, wouldn’t solve anything and could have escalated it further. I would call for a lockdown regardless. The rest of the staff and the kids, deserve to be protected as best as possible. However, provide some sort of incrimental punishment for repeated offenses, otherwise, I can see everyday, someone will have an issue, just to disrupt the entire school.
Perhaps more schools need to use this policy if they are faced with unruly behavior in the classroom. Instead of allowing it to disrupt the entire class repeatedly, simply call a administrative staff member to remain with the student, and remove the other students to another location. Lock down the classrooms to protect the rest of the students and staff. Call the parent, and if need be (depending on the behavior) law enforcement or social service workers. Let them be both informed and involved in dealing with a student that threatens others, throws things, or will not refrain from negative behavior in the classroom. Don’t leave them unattended until they are safely under the supervison of their parent, or another professional like a counselor, or as in this case law enforcement. Staff members still have a duty to try to protect the student causing the ruckus too. Document everything, and hand that file to the appropriate professionals involved with the incident and move on.
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