Teachers Sounding The Alarm Over ‘Room Clear’ Method | NBC Nightly News


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  1. That mother smiling the way she did, told me everything about how she has not helped her child to regulate his emotions.

  2. Oh that happened to me. The kid wasn’t even doing anything though so the classroom was fine. He was just refusing to do anything and we were supposed to move to another place anyway so

  3. Lol I can hear that one lady saying “it’s single motherhood causing these problems” then stating every statistic that supports it. “70% of inmates come from a single parent home specifically single mothers” lmao then someone saying “I only have a mom and I’m not a criminal” and she replies with congrats you’re part of the 30% and moves on.

  4. 7! Someone please get this kid and his mom into intensive therapy. A child acts up and gets to destroy other people's property. He basically gets rewarded for his horrible behavior. I feel for these teachers 😔 I have 3 sons age 5-12 all in school and they would never dare act like this.

  5. It’s the parents fault 100%. This generation is turning there kids in to disrespectful self entitled brats. This leftist way of raising your kids is causing all of this

  6. I’m a teacher and I can tell you one thing if a student tries to stab/punch/pull my hair — anything — I’m going to protect myself

  7. What an absurd policy. Why would you give the whole room to a kid throwing a tantrum so they can wreck everything? Doesn’t that show the kid that their terrible behavior has the power to disrupt everyone and make them comply with what they want? Seems like it gives the kid the idea that they have a lot of control acting that way.

  8. This is what happens when parents don't spank their kids. The kids don't fear their parents or other authority figures. The kids are allowed to run amok.

  9. I am in a class of fifteen, and we have one quite unstable kid who can get into arguments and altercations very easily, my school does not use the “room clear” method, and everyone in the class has established an understanding that if the student goes ballistic, everyone is gonna keep each other safe, biggest people try to control the situation with the teacher, girls move out of the way, and everyone gets ready for a physical altercation.

  10. As a parent I've seen this in action and it's not fair to the teacher or other students, And I witnessed this in kindergarten. The teacher (first year teacher) had to deal with more than one problem "room clear" child, normal learner's, and a few children needed extra English help. Here she is trying to do three jobs in one and it's a class of 20. It's not fair for everyone no, but if that teacher is paying for all those supplies it's extremely unfair to them.

  11. My friend was in a room clear situation at school last year! A special needs kid threw a tantrum and destroyed everyone’s schoolwork. All of that hard work to get a good job, down the drain. She was devastated, and very angry. We need a change happening right now. If my education is put on hold because of a kid who cannot control him/herself, then you can bet I will do anything in my power to get that kid out of the classroom and into a special needs program (which my school implemented just this year).

  12. Im sorry but if these children were adults and acted this way in a grocery store they wouldn’t ask all the other customers to leave so they could destroy merchandise. The police would ask or forcibly remove them from the premises. A child should not be allowed to do this to a classroom. Children who need extra care should be in a setting that prevents out bursts it’s the schools job to keep that child safe and every other child in the room safe. Not just leave them to destroy everything.

  13. Unfortunately this has become the new way to handle many problems of the world today. That is, when one does wrong the rest of the population needs to suffer and pay for that one individuals crime, while the one who committed it learns to take advantage of others, situations, manipulate, control and lash out as fault needs to be taken for their thinking is It's always someone else's fault and this kind of logic and behaviour means never learning to grow up and mature into a responsible adult. I am a retired ECE teacher and none of these practices would have ever been thought of in my day as it holds the idea that fear is in control of authorities as their hands are tied so teaching is lost and thus, there is no reason for the child or any child to go to school in the first place as it becomes not a place of respect or values that is shown to be a valuable core for the child to have installed to grow, but when parents dont take responsibility and actions towards correcting their child's behaviour and in fact encourage it through they themselves disobeying the system or trying to find ways around it, they are part of the problem and it will only get worse. All people both big and small need to be responsible for their words and actions by owning up to their mistakes and correcting them. Lord knows, i have made many in my lifetime, but at least acknowledged them and tried to learn. We can only pray that this generation will learn.

  14. Why should the rest of the students' education suffer because of one child? Clear the student out. Have someone on staff who's job is to dealw/the problem. LET THE TEACHER TEACH!!!!!

  15. So a child is allowed to tear apart a classroom and cause all kinds of destruction…but God forbid if a teacher lays a hand on that child to stop them, or when I was going to school, spank their much needed butt.

  16. I bet the kid still has his iPad after stabbing another student and I heard taking the iPad away was the equivalent to a butt whooping now a days.

  17. I am an educator, have been for 27 years. What we need is more money for smaller class size. The children are being raised in front of screens. Parents are the kids "friends' not their parents. The first words I often hear is that they didn't do that at home. Of course not, they got what they wanted at home. This particular child is autistic. He doesn't need a beating. He needs a special needs class. Our special education programs are deficient and need more funding. Some kids need one to one learning, but schools can't afford that. Keep voting for Republicans, and I am sorry if this offends you, but DeVoss is part of the problem of big cuts in the federal programs. In TX, we spend millions on testing instead of teaching and learning. High stakes testing instead of dealing with behavior problems that are growing in our society. Look how the adults are behaving. Are you really surprised the kids are acting any different?

  18. As a mom with a kid with autism, he has a one on one for the safety of himself and others. Restraints, when used appropriately, can help but so can other resources. Physical restraints became controversial, and rightly so, because they weren't used the way they were supposed to and mostly targeted students of color. Teacher unions prohibit requiring teachers take mandatory training for things such as this. It is voluntary. This former teacher didn't get the support she needed in the classroom and all of the students, including the disruptive student, isn't getting the help and support that they need. It also forgot to mention that most of this support would be provided through special education, that was supposed to have been funded by the federal government, but was never fully funded and left the states holding the bag, hence the lack of mental health resources and supports in schools. It's a complex issue that doesn't look like it will be resolved soon.

  19. "Anger is a communication method"….uh no. It SHOULDN'T be. Sure, it can be. But you can't teach children that it should be and reward them for communicating that way. Room clearing is a direct reward for them behaving badly….

  20. These kids need help, not these terrible methods. The kids that come to me are looking for trust and acceptance, and clearing out an entire room is not the way to gain trust. It tells them that you don't care what they do and tells them that they are allowed to continue this behavior because you will just clear it for them to do whatever they want. In some adult cases I've had, methods like these further aggravate them, and many people have told me it made them feel like outcasts and monsters. This isn't productive, it's destructive. I understand the politics involved, and all the issues public schools face in terms of funding cuts and therapist cuts, but the government must find a better way. Kids with mental illnesses are not a hinderance to our society, and we need to stop treating them like they are.

  21. He stabbed his teacher with a pencil, yet he's a 'good kid'? No, Mom, he's disturbed and has been let go.Bring back corporal punishment. #Paddle

  22. I'm sure black students would have the police called on them and they would take the student out forcefully. The mother didn't seen to be bother by her son behavior.

  23. I remember doing this as a kid when I was 6-7. Wouldn't happen that often but when it did, it was by the same kid. He would grab anything and throw it across the room, like books and pencils and the class would wait outside the classroom.

  24. What's wrong with room clears? It's meant to ensure the safety of the other students so they don't get thrown into the fire

  25. It's a matter of shifting responsibilities, there needs to be a balance. There has been a spike of restrictions on schools and teachers with these new gens of soft parents who could threaten your career if you talk loudly at their child. So, youve unchained your children and restricted their handlers, no. You have to punish them yourself and raise them with firm hands at home. Its all fine with yall as long as the kids arent stabbing yall or wrecking your homes, eh?

  26. Best solution: cameras in classes and fine the parents, like someone suggested below. Call the parents, email, and mail them about the fine , set a date to meet with the 'accuser' , they should have video evidence, and the rest is settled.
    You're up for some miserable surprises by taking away any sense of social responsibility from them from such an early age.

  27. America is poisonous.. kids outta control, shooting up schools.. heads inflated with EGO via instaspam…. no wonder our government has been selling us to China piece by piece. they know what's coming..

  28. I see several problems with the “room clear method”. What happens if the child hurts themselves because no one is in there to prevent it or stop themselves. Then that injury is on the school. I do see room clear in keeping the other kids safe though, that’s the only thing I can give it credit on but there still needs to be a better way. Starting with parents taking responsibility for their kids and actually punishing them for doing wrong rather than saying it’s all alright, because it’s not.

  29. "More Training, more mental health specialists" No, parents need to be more involved in their childrens' lives rather than using school as a 'daycare'

  30. The room clear just gives them power. They need to be knocked down a few pegs. Both mental health inquiries and put the fear of God in them. (Meaning respect of your authority figures)

  31. A 7 years old did that wtf.. if he behaves like this at this very young ages, I wonder what’s going to happen when he grows up?? And his mom looks like she is proud or laughing about it like dafqqq! Smh..

  32. When the child with any sort of special needs does something like that.. so it’s the parents fault? Of course those of us who have children with a special need want our children to socialize with other children because it is important. But once that child does something violent then everyone else goes and blames the parents and say they need to keep their kid at home. And that’s not fair to that child ether who needs the help, schooling just as much as the other kids.

  33. Majority of Americans are unfit to procreate because of deep narcsicism that society has created. No one wants to take responsibility for anyone's bad behavior.

  34. I will vote for my kids teachers to be able to smack them around if they disrespect an adult because that's exactly what I would do at home.

  35. You all talk big talk for people who probably don't have to deal with kids who have special needs like that. My son has cleared a room before. Wanna know why? Because he wouldnt leave for a cool down so they had to get the other kids out to get him out. He didnt destroy the classroom. He just needed to get out. And you know what? I am just like that mom! My son went to a special school for 3 YEARS before he went main stream! He repeated kindergarten to be ready for mainstream! And i am constantly thinking of ways to get him to do better in class. I dont just sit in a corner and think "well it must be the teacher because my sweet little angel would never do anything wrong!" No you idiots. I hold him accountable for his actions. But guess what? Tje consequences that work for you and me dont work for other kids! And so to the people who say "have the parents pay" or "the parents aren't punishing them enough" to that I say you are so close minded if you think we are all like that. We are trying and sometimes we get stumped.

  36. This is what happens when society caters to those that whine the loudest. Discipline your children, learn to say "no," and for god sakes quit filling their heads with that everyone is a winner BS. Without the life lessons of hard work, failure, and success these kids grow up thinking that they are entitled to the perks that come with greatness. It also breeds a society of quitters as they are unaccustomed to the tribulations that come with working to achieve a goal.

  37. Quit bringing an intellectual, progressive approach to this. Dont put up with this crap. Handle the situation, use physical restraint.

  38. In my school a kid started acting out (psychially) and my teachers held him until he calmed down despite the kid yelling "let me go" the teachers got in no trouble and the kid was under control everyone could safely resume studying i'm in Finland what's going on in U.S.A?!?
    (English is not my first language)

  39. When I was a kid, the principle was allowed to spank the bad kid. But back in the 70’s, we rarely had a bad kid. And we certainly didn’t have kids that destroyed property. And if they did, there would be consequences at school and at home !

  40. Kids act up because parents don’t spank anymore. They give “time outs”. Give me a break !!! Some of these kids need a good old fashioned hand to the backside !!!!

  41. You so called parents out there that lets your kid do this kinda thing should be jailed , are thiese the kinda people you want running our country ? This is our future? This will be the down fall of our country ,

  42. I have worked at an elementary school for one year in this after school program. At first I didn’t think it would be too difficult however, as days passed i never felt so anxious to end the day. My students had the modern iPhone x’s at age 8….. EIGHT and even apple watches at times. I could tell how stressed my coworkers were due to the abundance of kids they will have to send to our manager daily. I quit my job as soon as I could….. I will say this though. There were some special ones that I come to care for.

  43. Student Misbehavior Solution.
    American School : Room Clear Method
    Asian School : Expelled From School On The Spot Method

  44. Idiots! Our government, all workd governments use corporal punishment on unruly citizens. Train children to understand this.

  45. This is what our society and the soft parenting produces. Kids have no structure at home and youtube cat videos teach kids what life values matter.

  46. Am so happy am done with school too many bullies and mean teacher.going to school cause me depression anxiety and low self-esteem and phobia to other people hate being near other people.life feels good when your done seen the same faces who make your life miserable.anyone who's going to start high school.just stay away from other people socialize only with your classmate and observe how your environment affect you and how others behave around you.the number one rule is never argue with your teacher because you will always lose even if your right.always be good even if your alone.and dont be friends with bad students because who you hangout with described who you are.in the eyes of others

  47. Never heard of such concept….

    A black parent kid whose does room clear will get a serious lashing by their parents.

    Discipline not acceptable practice = More room clear problems.

    Room Clear = Mass Shooters

  48. Some people are talking about the mom smiling I don’t think it’s a happy smile I think it’s those smiles when you try to make the best of a bad situation. I’ve worked in a special needs camp and younger kids have melt downs one week about three different windows were broken. It doesn’t always mean they are bad they just get over stimulated or something sets them off.

    The parent tries their best but if there aren’t enough mental health professionals available how can parents or teachers provide the right type of support if they don’t the cause of the children’s behavior. It could be as simple as smaller class sizes.

    Sometimes it’s not even bad parenting it’s just a matter of mental health. Maybe the kid was abused and has suppressed rage it’s not their fault they need counseling. That’s what mental health services are for sometimes things aren’t that simple.

    Teachers worries and fear are fair too she is unequipped to deal with such behavior. And frankly I think it’s fair to not like someone trying to stab her with a pencil but this isn’t a kid acting out because of misbehavior. This is a kid who has special needs that aren’t being accommodated.

  49. Schools are now our unbalanced all age daycares a this point. All children are put together by age and good luck. I hated school, the teachers singled me out all the time for not being able to sit still, to understand instructions, to not wander. Learning disabilities weren't considnered back then so no one cared that I couldn't read a clock in grade 6 and that numbers switched in my head.. Already bullied and their solution was to stick my decks against the blackboard so everyone and everything was behind my back. Family followed their example by making me an example when I finally got home… Now I can't go out in public, I can't have people walk behind me, I'm over 40 now and it's still going on.

  50. That Ain't Gonna Happen In Public Schools On Indianapolis They Have IMPD and crazy her son can stab the teacher but a 6 year old black girl was charged with battery for playing dodgeball.

  51. USA in 2019 as long as you are under 18 they clear the room for you to totally wreck it. Become 18 and heckle at a public event and get immediately tasered 🤷‍♂️ I see a problem there.

  52. Omg parents need to seriously man up and teach their kids manners. Like wtf u can’t be babying ur child and letting them do whatever they want just cuz they’re ur child .

  53. This is what happens when you don't invest in the foundation of your civilization. This is what happens when you let corruption destroy the government. This is what happens when you let inequity grow to intolerable levels. This is what happens when you replace public healthcare with predatory for-profit medicine. This is what happens when you let wrongful war debt impose austerity upon society. You create dystopia.

  54. I can't imagine how else you deal with an extreme situation like that. The fact that a child has a meltdown that threatens the safety of other students, and the teacher is indicative of an issue that has already occured. A child with the propensity to act out in that manner should not be in a general population classroom to begin with. Class sizes are already too big across the country, giving teachers less time to give every child the attention they need. Meltdowns like that do not come out of nowhere and they are almost always preventable. This isn't about parents thinking their kids are angels or that they need to be punished. Every child, regardless of their mental health situation deserves access to public education. When schools do not have the necessary resources and policies in place to meet the needs of students with behavioural disorders it affects the education of all students, not just the ones causing the issue.

  55. Wow, so much has changed in two decades. So everyone else has to leave the room now? That's setting a precedent for a troubled kid they will learn to expect into adulthood – that the rest of society will make room and way for their BS. And our f'd up society will get even worse. Americans don't want to pay teachers a living wage or pay taxes for better schools everywhere but expect educators to wholly raise their brats and burgeoning juvenile defendants. This is why I discouraged my niece from going to college for a teaching degree. I am glad she listened.

  56. I once hear a mom say raising her child is "easy". She said, "I just put him in front of the t.v." No. Ppl want to have teachers raise their kids for them & teach them EVERYTHING, but as soon as a teacher gives any negative feedback—-they want to fight the teacher!!!

  57. That mom didnt even seem like she cared that her child stabbed a teacher. How said is that. My mom is a teacher and she says all the time that it's the parents fault and clearly it is she, she was laughing and showed no remorse…. just plain sad.

  58. As a recently retired teacher, I can verify that this situation is VERY common. It isn't about crowded classrooms, lack of money, more mental health professionals, etc.etc. Its about making parents responsible for their own kids, and reinstating that old fashioned idea that school is a place to learn. I don't mean to sound hard hearted, but if a kid can't maintain behavior that allows everybody in the room to learn, that kid needs an intervention by the parent. Not the teacher, not the school counselor, not the school districts who often hire a one on one person to spend all day with a child to "keep him/her under control." The number of students with severe behavioural issues is staggering. I'll leave you to form an opinion as to why.

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