Last week on The Hot Button, we reflected on some of the most scandalous teacher missteps in recent memory.
Today, we’re adding another to the mix. According to the website Gawker, a Texas elementary school teacher is facing criminal charges for allegedly taking exceptional measures to stop bullying.
A police report stated that a teacher at Salinas Elementary School, in the San Antonio area, had sought the advice of another teacher on how to deal with six-year-old Aiden Neely, whom she described as "a bully in her classroom."
Aiden was then reportedly brought to the kindergarten classroom of the second teacher and told to sit on a chair, Gawker reports.
As described in the San Antonio Express-News, the second teacher then instructed her students to hit Aiden to "teach him why bullying is bad." She allegedly told them to "Hit him!" and "Hit him harder."
After the sixth or seventh child hit Aiden particularly hard, the first teacher intervened to stop it, the police report said.
Aiden’s mother Amy Neely gave the newspaper a slightly different, though similarly disturbing, version of the incident. Ms. Neely said Aiden recalled being hit twice by all 24 students in the class.
"He had friends in that class and some of his friends didn’t want to hit him but the other teacher told them to," she said, adding this was the first time she had heard of any discipline issues involving her son.
Neither teacher was identified. An ABC News report said both teachers have been charged with a misdemeanor.
How do your children’s schools tackle bullying? Got any bizarre stories to tell?