Corporal punishment has long been removed from the public school system, including catholic schools. But one middle school teacher waxed nostalgic when he thought he’d pick up a power cord to discipline a student.
Errol Goodwater was a special education student at Morgan Village Middle School in Camden, New Jersey when he hit a 13-year old student with a laptop power cord in what he calls “his defense.” The teenager suffered a welt on his back from the attack. The video a school camera caught and Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf saw was in complete contradiction of Goodwater’s claims. According to WLTX:
“Cerf said the video showed Goodwater’s actions were ‘cruel and vicious, and sufficiently flagrant to establish his unfitness as a teacher.’
But, the frightening thing about this entire case is that all of this happened more than four years ago. Goodwater was suspended shortly after the incident WITH PAY! The tenured teacher told an administrative judge that his students were “murderers, criminals and car thieves.”‘
And this is just now coming to light? Justice for the incident had been delayed for the judicial indictment, trial and acquittal of criminal charges. Don’t you wonder what type of students he was teaching? He depicted them as criminals, but what are the range of their disabilities and race. I have a feeling he should’ve been removed from his position long before now. Read more here.