can she do that to him?!
Question: Can she do that to him?
Sometimes kids are in special education because the have MAJOR behavioral problems. Things that would maybe more appropriately addressed in a special institution. However, a lot times parents are already exhausted handling these kids and they just want the local school to handle it. Which is unfair. Anyhow, this kid, cussing and screaming, very well could have been trying to attack the teacher. If she was so calm in telling you to keep moving, she had her wits about her, and I doubt she was acting impulsively. She has probably been given permission to physically restrain the boy if she has to. Cut her some slack. There is a special school nearby my college that my sister used to work at. Sometimes she would have to TACKLE kids if they were trying to hurt someone or something. The teacher has a right to defend herself, and she wasn't hurting him--she's bigger and probably needed to restrain him. If it really bothered you, maybe you can go in and ask her what happened. But she did it in public, he was acting pretty wild, told you to keep walking (without trying to hide what she was doing), it sounds to me like she was fully within her rights and it was probably appropriate for the situation. It isn't always pretty dealing with behaviorally problematic kids, but sometimes it's really scary and you fear for your safety. You've got the right to protect yourself. You want to do things to help them on a mental and emotional level, but that can't happen when they think they can hurt you.
BS in Neuropsychology; Volunteer at a Mental Hospital, working with boys youth
Well apparently the brat was being a little **** to her. She just put him down and let him fight it out for a while. He needed to be taught a lesson. It doesn't sound like she hurt any part of him except his pride. Taken down by a female school teacher! Special Ed or not, he probably had it coming.