1 year ago
Last edited at 7:07PM on 2/15/2012
Yes. I actually wrote a pamphlet on this subject outlining the times when a teacher (or other "in loco parentis" types) may restrain a student.
Those times include, but are not limited to . . . self-defense, breaking up a fight, intervening before a fight starts (if reasonably imminent, you don't have to wait for another student to be assaulted to get involved), removing an unruly student from a classroom (if told to leave and the student is confrontational, a teacher may physically remove the student), and restraining a student whom the teacher witnessed committing a crime (I once saw a student throw a match in a waste basket - arson - and I subdued him with a full-nelson, then proceeded to dump him in the principal's office), and preventing imminent vandalism.
There is case-law on the details of each of these situations . . . obviously, of course, physical contact is the last choice when no other options are available.
Most schools usually have a staff "in-service" on their school's policies in these matters based upon their own state laws. My pamphlet was used by my school for just such a meeting.
I would not! In my district we have to have a special training in order to be able to "restrain" a student. However, if they are fighting we've pulled kids apart before. I would just be careful b/c of how parents are now! Hopefully your school as cameras so you can prove your innocence!
Sadly no. There hand are pretty much tied. It's not like back in the day when they could pick you up by the neck and throw you out the door. I watched my science teacher do this to a kid when I was young. He deserved it, and guess what, he never acted up again in that class.