|Must we put warnings on everything? |
"Notice to school personnel: cotton balls are not a food."
An aversive intervention is a negative consequence used to train kids, much like hitting a dog with a newspaper.
This allegedly happened to multiple students at Exley Elementary School in Katy, TX, part of the Katy Independent School District (ISD).
Aside from the obvious jump my mind takes from the word vinegar to the thought that school is run by douchebags, I have nothing funny to say about this. I'm just sad and angry.
Katy, TX, is just two towns over from where I lived in Texas. It's a relatively affluent town, and it's considered one of the best school districts in the Houston area. It's also considered one of the best for special needs students. After Little Dude was diagnosed, I had multiple experts (including the neurologist who diagnosed Little Dude), recommend the Katy ISD to our family.
Let me be clear: Katy, TX is not some back woods, rural town. It's a low-crime Houston suburb with a really nice mall.
In the press release, NAA Executive Director Lori McIlwain says that aversive interventions are used in schools across the United States, and include "withholding food and water, lemon spray to the eyes, force feeding, sensory exploitation, shaving cream to the mouth, peppers to the mouth – these are just some of the assaults that have been used on schoolchildren as a failed means to control behavior."
Ms. McIlwain continued, “Positive behavioral interventions have been proven successful, there is no excuse for aversives in our schools.”
Um, yeah. The water thing. Remember that? I wrote on my blog last year that water was withheld from the Peanut Butter Kid's entire grade (first grade) because they were too loud at recess. (See my post, Water, Water Everywhere for my suggested punishments to the teachers involved.) And then there was the time that Cookie was denied medical treatment.
|Again, who knew it needed a warning?|
"Notice to school personnel: Vinegar is for salad dressing,
cleaning windows, and making Easter eggs.
Not for punishing children."
Whether you have special needs children or not, ask your school how discipline is handled. Ask if your school promotes positive behavioral interventions, or aversive interventions. If your school uses aversives, ask specifically what aversives are used. Then tell your school district officials that aversive interventions are not okay with you, and that it is not appropriate discipline.
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