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Teacher Punches 5 Year Old; Gets Suspended

By: Krystle Crossman

The Memphis Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation at Sheffield Elementary School in Memphis, TN after it was reported that a teacher punched a five year old student in the face. The school refused to state the name of the teacher who has been suspended from working but has not been arrested pending the investigation.

Payden McConnell’s mother noticed that her daughter’s eye was a little puffy when she came home in the afternoon from school but didn’t really question it. She did however have some questions when her daughter woke up with a black eye the next morning. She said that she was absolutely devastated when Payden told her that the teacher had pushed her onto the ground and then punched her in the face.

Payden had just been transferred to the new school and was having a really hard time with it. She had been crying and panicking because she wanted to be back at home with her mother. According to her, she told the teacher that she had to use the bathroom and that is when the incident happened. The principal confirmed with Payden’s mother that another student had witnessed everything.

Ms. McConnell has pulled Payden from the school system and is teaching her at home after this incident. The Shelby County School District has stated that they are taking this matter very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation.

When you send your child to school you believe that you are sending them to a safe place. Incidents like this are a reminder that even the places that we think are safe may not be. This is one of the reasons that many people home-school their children. Research should be done beforehand when sending your child to be under the care of another person although this can be a challenge at times.

Since the little girl had a black eye and there was a witness you would think that the teacher would have been arrested and yet she wasn’t. A woman was arrested a short time ago for letting her seven year old son walk to the park but an adult who punches a young girl is free.

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31 thoughts on “Teacher Punches 5 Year Old; Gets Suspended

  1. JayCee

    First, the mother should have question the swelling of the eye immediately. The mother can also insist that the teacher be arrested. That’s what white folks always do when a white person is accused of a crime against a Black person – Investigate! The mother should have immediately called the police and had that MAN arrested. That is her right. THE MOTHER can STILL have him arrested and should do so IMMEDIATELY! Don’t depend on the school. School administrations cover up for bullies and other bad incidents that happen in the school. Had that been my child, their father would have beat the shyte out of him and I would have helped. I am too appalled and too upset.

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    • Dr. Elnora Rowan

      As a former school administrator I know this criminal incident was not handled properly. The Principal should have been informed as soon as the incident happened. Then the Principal should have called the parent while the child was examined by the school nurse. There was most likely an initial cover-up. The police should have been called and asked to come to the school and met the parent there. A criminal investigation should be ongoing at the same time as the school investigation. The teacher should have been sent home immediately. The teacher should now be arrested and cgarged with assault and risk of injury to a minor. The parent needs to oress charges. The parent also has grounds to file a civil suit against the school district for failing to protect her child against the assault. The district is libel for the actions of the teacher. The teacher be fired because the Principal admitted an eye witness saw the incident hapoen. The district should be forced to pay the medical expenses for the child and for psychological counseling.

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      • Dr. Elnora Rowan

        Pardon my typographical errors. I am really sorry that this happened to this child. Children suffer so much from adult abuse.

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        • Alice Jackson

          Hello Dr. Rowan. I shadowed you for a day at Sage Park School in Windsor. Anyhow, I certainly agree with your comments. When I read these articles on the things that are occurring in schools today I am absolutely flabbergasted that people are getting away with this stuff. In the Hartford Public School System you are dismissed immediately, investigation pending! I certainly hope this parent gets justice for her child. Peace

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      • Laproch

        Unfortunately, as a teacher I have seen principals cover up incidents that should be reported or at least have conferences and consequences.

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    • Mommymakingitwork

      Way to go, take this Moms personal tragedy to show how much smarter you are and that it couldn’t have been you! Yaaaa you win absolutely nothing!

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    • Mommymakingitwork

      Ok so clearly I missed something , there are good and bad parents in every socioeconomic class, but for you 4 or 5 idiots to suggest that the majority of parents are not educted enough to homeschool tells me that those parents you are referring to are certainly not alone in their ignorance. To make blanket assumptions because you are possibly stumped by your little ones homework is just plain stupid but Im going to take a page from your books and assume you are used to being told you’re stupid! James, Jennifer David

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    • james

      Have you seen the young black women who are making most of the babys! A great number have a big problem just being parent and have a very poor education themselves. Do you honestly believe they would be capable of home schooling? Really?

      Then on the other hand since the so!e source of income is from the government and they have nothing but time! Perhaps, naw

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      • JENNIFER

        AMEN!!! Sorry to say that VERY few parents are capable of home-schooling!! Has ANYone checked out Common Core?

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    • David C Jackson

      JayCee I would agree with you entirely but I would have to first ask who is going to home school their parents who, very often can barely read and write. I’ve taught them in San Francisco. I can’t imagine what it’s like in the more rural areas. Some were reading on a 2nd grade level. My best friend, a black woman did not learn to read until she was about 22.

      Our community does not place enough value on education and those that say they do leave the entire responsibility of educating their child to a system that has consistently proven to be set up to hold black children back and prepare us for 2nd and 3rd class citizenship.

      The Jewish and Asian culture has advanced dramatically because of their emphasis on education and many more of them tend to get actively involved in the education their children and you can be sure if someone did something like the teacher in this article there would be hell to pay.

      We have to get beyond marching and shouting and carrying signs and start preparing ourselves to be able to teach our children and to learn right along with them as need be. It is imperative that many of us work on becoming more emotionally mature..

      I have seen on more than one occasion,, in San Francisco and Oakland CA,, a version of black people homeschooling a toddler on the street, no more than 3 years old, being asked to repeat these words, “I’m a bad mother f__ker!”” Each adult (actually it was a group of young adults in one instance and a lone young adult black male in the other) used the exact same words and asked the small child to repeat the words over and over again.

      Once we instilling a more mature mentality in our people we can really get some where. How do we do that is another conversation but I have been working on that for more than 4 decades. Then we can start talking about homeschooling for all black ids in America. Have you read the MisEducation of the Negro by Dr. Carter G Woodson?

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    • Neka

      I agree that more of our kids should be home schooled. I have spoken to my husband plenty of times about homeschooling our kids, and we are making changes in our budgets, to be able to do that, hopefully by mid term of this school year. We are going to be using the K-12 system. The problem with everyone home schooling their kids, is not everyone can afford to quit their job in order to be home with their kids during the day. That sounds great, but it is just not logical.

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  2. etreman

    James, your obvious ‘education’ prevents you from knowing that there are many more whites on welfare than blacks. As far as ‘baby making’ goes, how come there are more whites in America than blacks? Who’s doing the babymaking?

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    • Phyllis

      @ James, Thank you Soo much for addressing that asshole. Maybe HE’S the one making the BABIES (since his spelling was atrocious!)..I am so sick of these self-righteous White Folk, who have NO IDEA what the hell they’re talking about. When the bible mentions “Forked-Tongue,” I know just who Jesus is talking about. People like him!!..He’s probably living off the Government, since most of them are swindlers, rogues, and jackasses, anyway!!..He should keep his ass on the white side of the fence, before somebody gives him a Black Eye!!

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  4. Mattie

    Historically there was very little ‘formal’ education. My fore parents were slaves who were smart but did not know were not formally educated.
    I believe in education. I have a Masters degree, but I absolutely know that parenting a your child’s education has more to do with belief and setting a high standard than their educational background. Just study history. There are many folks who have had outstanding careers with parents who were not well educated. Study them! That’s great parenting.
    I don’t want young parents to feel ignorant or inadequate. Our fore parents did more with less. Encourage them. Empower them!

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  5. Jackie Smith-Russ

    I feel not only should the teacher be charged and held accountable but what about the principal who knew about it and didn’t contact the child’s parents the minute it happened along with the school administration these are the other ones that need to be held accountable. Just sayin

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  6. Wedlin1

    So all these violations. This mother has a few weapons ( per say) to fight with now. Sadly this school is right up the street from my mother’s house. The teacher clearly has some mental problems going on to attack a young child like that. They should be getting her to a psyche ward real quick!!!!

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    • Hardcore Nelly

      After she’s served a lifetime in jail with no chance of parole……and someone punches her in the eye once a week!!!!!!!

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  7. Phyllis

    This child’s mother was obviously not paying attention to her daughter as she should have, because she should have questioned the child about her face, as soon as she saw the ‘puffiness.’ Why did the child not say anything to her mom?..My kid would have told me as soon as they walked in the door!!..I sure hope she gets the justice she deserves as an innocent baby!!..NOTHING would have kept me off that teacher’s ass!!..The Popo’s would have had what was left of her, once I finished with her!!!…If you can be put in jail for spanking your kid, do you think she would get away with ‘PUNCHING’ my kid?..Hell no, and God forbid, if I ended up in jail for kicking her ass to sleep, I would be very content!!..These Parents need to open their eyes, and look the hell around. There’s just too many crazy Crackers out here, waiting to harm you and your children, all they need is an opportunity, and all I need is a reason!!

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  8. Ms Monica

    If it was my child and let me state, I am no means a violent person. I’d black her eye. what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Can you imagine how that child felt ? So you can’t even get the teachers name to press charges ?
    Crazy ass hell the principal the teacher and the school system should be held
    accountable. No mountain high enough to keep me off of her head!!!!!!!!!

    This is the craziest stuff I have ever heard.

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  9. Vicskeyas Faith Moore

    So, I think this teacher should be arrested, but I am reading these comments about this Mother home schooling her child and the Mother could very well be educated enough to home school her child. They also have a home school association here in Memphis. Also women having children is also not the issue here, the issue is that an adult punched a child for no reason and that teacher should be punished.

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  10. MISCHA

    I GOTTA SAY THAT I’M SERIOUSLY OFFENDED BY THIS. AS A BLACK MOTHER I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF MY CHILD NEEDED HOME SCHOOLING I WOULD BE MORE THAN ABLE TO HANDLE THE TASK. I’VE BEEN AN ONLINE MATH AND ENGLISH TUTOR TO CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD. PLEASE DON’T GENERALIZE BECAUSE MOST BLACK PARENTS ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE AND THE MAJORITY OF US NOT ONLY KNOW HOW TO READ BUT EXCEL IN ACADEMICS. ALSO, I’M NOT ON THE GOVERNMENTS PAYROLL. I HAVE MY OWN BUSINESS AND ALONG WITH MY HUSBAND I GET BY FINE. DON’T TAKE A FEW CASES AND TURN IT INTO ALL OF US.

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  11. Tina kizer

    Mane this happen to my son 4yrs ago at Corry Middle school a teacher slapped him in the face because he picked up her marker off the floor. The principal called and told me get to the school immediately and i did i called the police. Nothing was done she was just fired from the school i tryed filing charges but it didnt work court system said she lost her job what more do you want.Glad she left early cause i was gonna slap her the principal held me the whole time!

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  12. Mommymalingitwork

    The situation certainly should have been handled better, but to suggest that the mother was negligent was just plain stupid. Hindsight is 20/20 and we all think we know what we would have done, but I HATE people who sit at home and tell everyone should have done. We have become so critical and judgemental its really quite pathetic. Really, to use someone’s personal tragedy to point out that you knew better is truly desperate and just tacky !Mom you did the best you could with what you were presented with.

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