171a. … And too Many Lawyers!

23 01 2009

‘At a school in Florida, for example, a five-year-old girl decided to throw everyone’s books and pencils on the floor. Sent to the head teacher’s office, she continued to wreak havoc. Her teachers dare not restrain her physically.

 

Instead, they summoned the police, who led her away in handcuffs, howling. The teachers acted as they did for fear of being sued.

 

A teacher at a different school was sued for $20m for putting a hand on a rowdy child’s back to guide him out of the classroom. The school ended up settling for $90,000. In New York where more than 60 bureaucratic steps are required to suspend pupil for more than five days, teachers are so frightened of violating pupils’ rights that they cannot keep order.

“Bureaucrats rip up climbing frames for fear that children may fall off and break a leg. So children stay indoors and get fat.”

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