|Why Do We Allow Teachers to Humiliate Our Kids?
|All too common degrading actions go far beyond name-calling and the occasional spanking and instead include strip-searches, forcing kids to soil themselves in class and even making them remove their clothing and expose themselves in front of their classmates.
by Becky Romero
Of course, some will say I had it coming to me. Fourteen years ago,
when my first-grade teacher overheard me referring to her to a
classmate as ''Mrs. Snottyface'' (her name sort of rhymed with that), she calmly walked over to my desk in the front row and ordered me to stand up.
When I did, she stood along side of me and lifted up the whole back of
my uniform skirt with her left hand. Then with her right hand she
yanked my panties downwards, partially exposing my bare butt to those
quickly giggling behind me. After giving me several sharp smacks down
there, she shuffled me by my shoulders to the corner in front of the
classroom, turned me against the wall and warned, ''Now don't you dare move a muscle, young lady.''
Everyone in class was now giggling softly, especially a couple of boys
who sat directly behind me. At least I was now facing the corner, so I
could avoid eye contact with them. But from the corner of my right eye,
I could see the boy who sat across from me in the front of the last
aisle shaming me with his fingers. I turned just enough to stick out my
tongue out at him.
Unfortunately, my teacher saw that, probably
thinking I had stuck it out at her. As she scolded me, ''Mind your
manners, Miss Romero'' or something to that extent, she reached under
my skirt and tugged downwards at my already lowered panties on both
sides until they were at my knees. After slightly arching my back
forward, she then lifted up the back of my skirt to above my waist and
gave me two more hard swats on my now very exposed and now very sore
bare bottom before walking away. As the whole class giggled, several
boys laughed loudly. They obviously had a totally unimpeded view.
Then, as I stood humiliated and motionless in the corner as ordered, I
felt my panties start to quickly slip down. I slapped my hands at my
sides too late as they fell to my ankles, eliciting even more giggles
from boys and girls alike. As I slowly began to crouch down, I wondered
how I was going to pull my panties back up without exposing myself. But
before I got a chance, I was sternly reminded by the teacher that I was
told not to move a muscle. She let the class giggle at me for what
seemed like eternity but was probably less than a minute. And so I
stood there, my panties at my ankles, worrying that the powerful floor
fan in front of the classroom that was blowing in my direction would
cause me more embarrassment.
However, it wasn't the fan that
caused me more embarrassment. After standing several hours in the
corner, it was being denied a bathroom break that did. The first week
of school, there had already been one boy we all knew wet his pants at
his desk when denied a bathroom break by the teacher. I was now
regretting that I had joined in teasing him about needing diapers and
would soon know exactly how it felt to be teased by that very same
comment. I was going to be the first girl in class to have an accident.
Without going into the here, let me just say that without my panties up, I sure put on a much different kind of involuntary show for everyone
than that boy did.
Private school teachers could get away with
the sort of thing that happened to me, especially way back in 1992. But
what most people don't realize is that teachers and school officials
get away with similar humiliating punishments and treatment of kids all
the time, to this very day.
Teacher makes boy strip in front of his mixed-sex class
...or this disturbing incident:
In October 2003, Union Elementary sixth-grade social studies teacher
Lisa Lox decided she would demonstrate the need for society to have
laws. How? According to news reports, she ordered a 12-year old boy to
take off all of his clothes - right there in the classroom - in front
of dozens of giggling girls and boys.
The embarrassed boy
slowly complied, first removing his shirt, shoes and then pants. Within
moments, the red-faced boy was standing there clad in just his
underpants - in front of his whole class!
As the giggling
girls in the classroom, grinning from ear to ear, widened their eyes in
anticipation, the boy placed his thumbs inside the waistband of his
underpants... suffered an anxiety attack and passed out.
Students made to pee into buckets - in front
of their classmates!
Degrading strip-searches, forcing girls and boys to urinate into buckets openly and in front of each other in the classroom, paddlings that send kids to hospitals, humiliating bare-bottom spankings, hidden video cameras in showers and locker rooms, embarrassing forced exposures in front of others, denying bathroom breaks that result in humiliating accidents...
In April 2006,
newspapers and media around the country reported that an elementary
school principal refused bathroom breaks for students, instead forcing
mixed-sex classes to urinate in their classrooms - right in front of
their classmates and teachers - into buckets.
are we as citizens going to demand an end to it? When are we going to
reduce the power of the teachers' unions and school boards, making it
easier to fire them? When are we going to force school officials to
obey the same standards that in some cases would send parents to jail
if they did something similar? When are we going to demand justice for
our kids? Kids are people, too!
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© 2007 by Becky Romero.
The additional links below
document just a few of the allegations and news reports of the
humiliation of kids occurring in our schools at the hands of those who
are supposed to be teaching and protecting them.
Principal Makes 15-Year Old Girl Strip Totally Nude
Before He Paddles Her
Report Says South Dakota State Boot Camp Male Guards
Frequently Cut Away All the Clothes off Teen Girls, Then Handcuffed
Them Spread-Eagled and Nude to Their Beds
Tennessee Middle School Puts Videocameras in School
Lockerroom, Tapes Students as They Undress and Stores Images on the
Strip-Search 15-Year Old Truant Girl; She's Totally Nude in Front of
Large Window Facing the Building's Public Entrance as People Walk
High School Girl Made to Strip, Urinate as Teacher
Watches Up Close
Female Social Worker Brings Along Female Friend to
Watch on as She Has Boy, 14, Stripped Naked at His School Looking for
Signs of Paddling
School Installs Hidden Videocamera at Nurse's Station, Tapes Students
in Various Stages of Undress
Grade Boy Strip-Searched by His Female Teacher
Boy Wets Himself; Female Teacher Then Makes Him Take
Off His Pants in Front of Whole Class, Remain Only in
Female Teacher Pulls Down Girl's Pants and Panties;
Makes Her Sit on Bucket to Relieve Herself as Entire Class
Teacher Denies Bathroom Break, Makes 3rd Grade Boy
Urinate in Cup in Classroom
Female Teacher Forcibly Dresses Boy in a Short Skirt
Because He Talked During Class; Female Classmates Laugh as They Look
14-Year Old Miami Girl Soils Herself in Class After
Male Teacher Tells Her, ''If You Can't Hold It, You Should Be Wearing
Teacher Lifted Skirts, Paddled Girls with their Butts Facing Entire
Male Principal Has Others Forcibly Hold Down 18-Year
Old Girl, Paddles Her Severely
20-Year Old Female Art Teacher Sweet-Talks High School
Boy to Pose for Mixed-Sex Class in Nothing But His Underpants
Male School Administrators Postpone Paddling 17-Year
Old Cheerleader Until the Day She's Wearing a Short Skirt
As Many as 700 Montana High School Girls May Have Been
Videotaped Naked - Lawyers Want Tapes Reviewed and Each Naked Girl
Identified, Show the Tapes to Anyone Who Might Recognize Them - Judge
Considers Letting Jury View the Uncensored Tapes as Well
Male Principal Humiliates 13-Year Old Cheerleader;
Paddles Her in Front of Her Whole Mixed-Sex Class; Causes Hematoma in
6th Grade Female History Teacher Orders Boy, 12, to
Remove His Clothes in Front of Mixed-Sex Class; Boy Passes Out with
Girls Laughing Hysterically Just as He Was Preparing to Pull Down His
Underpants in Front of Them
5th Grade Boy Bolts from Class to Avoid Wetting His
Pants; Female Teacher Runs into Boys' Bathroom, Grabs Him as He Is
Pulling His Penis Out at Urinal and Drags Boy Back into the Mixed-Sex
Class with His Pants Down and Underpants Exposed to All the
Vice Principal Lifts Up Skirts of Girls at High School
Dance for a 'Panty Check'; Forced 'Peep Show' Displays Their Thongs (or
lack thereof) to Male Students and Male Teachers Standing Nearby;
Girls' Tube Tops Also Pulled Down to See if They Were Wearing a Bra (or
|Bare Bottom Spankings in Class?
Just imagine if all of America
had gotten to watch its 1970's
her face blushing, turning red
with huge embarrassment after
being asked if she was
then being told to bend over
and grasp her ankles,
a male witness standing to her
side, leering as her blouse
drops away from her body enough
to partially reveal her bra...
having one of her trademark
short skirts hiked up,
blushing with humiliation when
her panties are totally exposed...
first bravely wincing, but finally
screaming in pain while receiving
several hard swats of the paddle
from her male school principal...
dealing with the shame and
embarrassment as other students
find out she had been paddled...
later, back at home in her bedroom,
taking off her skirt, pulling down
her panties and turning around to
show her two sisters, Jan and Cindy
(and the TV audience), the red welts,
blisters and horrible bruises on
her once pretty teenage bare bottom...
If only America had gotten to see that,
completely uncensored and unedited,
the ensuing outrage would have
ensured that school corporal punishment
would surely have become
a thing of the past.
- Becky Romero