Educators Speak Out Over Boys Suspension
The suspension of a sixth-grader in a Mamaroneck school has experts cautioning the public to not label the school officials as extreme. The boy was suspended earlier this month after reciting a crude poem to two girls. Officials said that a suspension would not have occurred had there not been earlier attempts at intervention. Educators who fail to stop students from sexually harassing classmates can be held financially responsible, according to a Supreme Court ruling.
"Whether this is an overreaction or there's a history of harassment with this child, we don't know," said TC's Judith Berman Brandenberg, a professor of psychology and education. "At least it's evidence that they're taking sexual harassment seriously.
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Published Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2001