Hundreds of students charge they’ve been beaten by teachers, coaches and staff at Chicago public schools, reports CBS 2. Although 568 complaints were verified from 2003-08, only 24 teachers lost their jobs, reports Dave Savini.
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.
“If someone hits a student, they are going to be fired. It’s very, very simple,” said Arne Duncan, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and now U.S. Secretary of Education.
Before heading to Washington, he vowed to take action.
“Any founded allegation where an adult is hitting a child, hitting a student — they’re going to be gone,” Duncan said.
However, the 568 verified abuse cases lead to warnings, not termination, in all but a few cases.
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.
That “100 licks” seems incredible. I can’t imagine anyone hitting a kid that much — or doing it and not being charged with a crime.
This happened on Duncan’s watch, notes Rhymes with Right.