By: Krystle Crossman
Sometimes children need to be disciplined in school but this should never be done with force. One parent in Pennsylvania is furious as this is the method of punishment that her 7 year old special needs daughter’s teacher decided to use.
Harmani Osbey was chewing on her sweater in class. The teacher told her to stop doing it. She did not so the adult that was contracted by the school district to work with Harmani yanked the sweater out of her mouth. Along with the sweater came three of her teeth as well. Harmani’s mother was called and when she got to the school and found out what had happened she was furious. She is determined to press charges against the helper whose name has not been released.
The reports from the other adults who were in the classroom at the time said that the helper yanked the sweater out of her mouth. Others said that it was roughly pulled out of her mouth. Harmani’s three teeth fell into her lap. She said that the helper pulled really hard and they fell on the floor.
The school district had representative Fernando Gallard speak about the incident. He said that they hire these helpers to work with children who may have behavior issues and that they are supposed to be trained to properly work with the child. They are supposed to show compassion and respect and never do anything harmful, especially physically, to the child. This helper has been banned from ever being contracted with Solis-Cohen Elementary. She is also currently under investigation and suspended from work.
There haven’t been any charges filed yet but they have the school district and DHS investigating the matter to see if criminal charges will be filed against the helper. Harmani’s mother, Tomeka Speller is having Harmani transferred to a different school.