BY SAMANTHA SHIRLEY AND MEREDITH KOLODNER
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 4:00 AM
"They go to school to learn, not to clean bathrooms," said Blanca Morales, 64, whose twin grandchildren are in sixth grade at In-Tech Academy in the South Bronx. "That's physical abuse."
The Daily News revealed yesterday that officials are investigating allegations that children who misbehaved in class were forced to clean school toilets.
"To me it's just wrong," said a mom with a daughter in sixth grade. "That's degrading."
The investigation is focusing on the school's dean, who is in charge of discipline.
"If the allegations are true," said Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg, "appropriate action will be taken."
The dean still works at the school but it is unclear if she is still doling out punishments
Ok, at first, when I read this article, I nearly died laughing. A scenario just flashed in my head:
Guy1: Yo man, wanna get some crack?
Guy2: No, no dawg! You know what them ladies had me do when they found out I sprayed the locker rooms?! I cleaned the toilets, dawg! It was some nasty shit, yo, for real! you get that crack away from me!
Bad toilet humor, I know.
Cleaning the toilet as punishment is degrading? What do you think of our mothers and grandmothers who manage to clean up after us when the only kind of "cleaning" teenagers do at their bathroom is flushing the toilet? At least this sort of punishment is useful when teens decide to go out on their own.
What the newswriter failed to mention is to what degree is the offense for children to actually be pushed to clean the toilet. If it's as simple as clowning around, I'd say the punishment's a bit rough. But if it goes to being rude or verbally abusing one's academic superior, bullying fellow students or maybe vandalizing school property and crashing a motorcycle through the school gym, then scrub away yer scabby mites!
Btw, physical abuse is "abuse involving contact intended to cause feelings of intimidation, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm." Having someone wave a toilet wand is not among the list of what physical abuse is about. Get your terms right, lady.
Forms of physical abuse is: striking, pinching, pulling, slapping, striking with an object, kicking, kneeing, strangling, etc. If the dean actually does these forms of physical abuse, she should clean public toilets for two years.
If not, carry on.