Naughty Kids can be loud, obnoxious, and insistent on getting their own way. Or they are sly, devious, and untrustworthy.
However, there are many reasons why children misbehave, some of the reasons might be that basic needs aren’t being met – sleep, food, health, stimulation, or they are not getting the attention they wanted, where they misbehave in ways to get someone’s attention, for example shouting, picking fights with other kids, slamming doors, throwing toys, whining, tantrums, and misbehavior.
A child may also display oppositional behavior as a way to feel like they are in control.
However, how to handle or curb their naughtiness is the question that comes to mind when adults think punishing is the only way to control such kids.
My question to schools and teachers is is it right to punish small minds when they don’t know whether what they are doing is right or wrong?
Schools should be aware that punishing or physically abusing children is never a good way to discipline them. Small children who are punished or beaten frequently have to contend with lifelong trauma and terror. Through their harsh words and penalties, teachers and schools crush children who should be intelligent.
The needs of a child are frequently not understood by teachers. They believe that all they need to do to complete their assignment is to teach them a few words and numbers. No, your job is not done here. When you first enter the classroom, you are in charge of the entire atmosphere. If the students are getting into mischief while you are teaching, you are not effectively engaging them.
Punishment can never solve any problem in fact it will lead you to make a sin by destroying one beautiful mind—however, in what we call a horrific incident, an officer just arrested an 8-year-old special needs boy!
The event took place in 2018 at Gerald Adams Elementary School in Key West, Florida, but is currently making national headlines after civil rights lawyer Ben Crump posted the footage on social media. On behalf of the family, Crump has filed a lawsuit identifying defendants such as the City of Key West, the Monroe Country School District, the police officers engaged in the arrest, and the employees at the institution.
The federal lawsuit claims that the officers used excessive force, that school officials failed to intervene, and that the city and school district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit says the boy has special needs.
But in a statement, Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg said that his officers did nothing wrong and that they followed standard operating procedures.
Crump shared body camera footage of the event on Twitter, showing how officers detained the little child, gave him a speech, and allegedly sent him to an adult prison for processing.
“This is a heartbreaking example of how our educational and policing systems train children to be criminals by treating them like criminals – if convicted, the child in this case would have been a convicted felon at eight years old,” wrote Crump. “This little boy was failed by everyone who played part in this horrific incident.”
Unbelievable!! @KWPOLICE used “scared straight” tactics on 8yo boy with special needs. He’s 3.5 ft tall and 64 lbs, but they thought it was appropriate to handcuff and transport him to an adult prison for processing!! He was so small the cuffs fell off his wrists! pic.twitter.com/iSTlXdKas6
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 10, 2020
The boy, who can be seen visibly frightened and sniffling, was patted down by an officer who then tells him to place his hands behind his back. In the footage, police shame the 8-year-old for “making a mistake.” There were two more police officers on the scene. The boy’s hands were too little for the handcuffs when one of the officers tried to use them.
“I hate that you had to put me into this position to do this,“ one officer said. “The thing about it is, you made a mistake. Now it’s time for you to learn about it and to grow from it, not repeat the same mistake again.”
According to reporting in USA Today, the lawsuit states that a substitute teacher asked the boy repeatedly to sit beside her on a bench in a lunchroom. When he refused, she put his hands on him, trying to move him physically. This escalated the situation, and the boy “punched her once in the chest.”
The boy’s elder sister, Jayla, makes an impassioned plea to raise awareness about her younger brother and the prosecution of children of color with special needs in a moving video that was put on her Facebook page.
“We need to stop this school to prison pipeline that is going on. It is not right, and we need to do something about it,” Jayla said. “I just want to raise awareness, not just because it is my brother. I want to raise awareness for your children, for us to stand up and do something about it because this can’t be happening.”