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School Allowed Special Needs Student To Perform Self Harm Under Teacher Supervision

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Are you kidding???

A school's principal and head teacher, with approval from the child's parent, allowed one of their students to cut thyself!

This happened after the school briefly implemented a "controlled self-harm" policy. Wow!

The student was brought to the bathroom and given a clean razor to cut with. Afterwards, the student's wounds was dressed by the school nurse.

Here's what a spokeswoman for the school said:

"This was a short-term, local procedure introduced by the head teacher and school principal who genuinely believed it was in the best interests of the pupil. However, they accept that the procedure should not have been implemented without further approvals having been obtained from key stakeholders and senior management prior to its introduction."

That's a bunch of fancy talk for basically, we messed up!

The police will not press charges, but the Department Of Education has already said they'll review the situation to determine whether any further action is necessary.

Our opinion?

This cannot be allowed to happen!!!!

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12 comments to “School Allowed Special Needs Student To Perform Self Harm Under Teacher Supervision”

  1. Whatthe says – reply to this


    Great news story. Where's this school located? Department of Education in what state? Why do I bother coming back to this site. My bad.

  2. 2

    There should be serious charges pressed against the school for something like that, and the parents should lose custody of the child for giving them the permission.

  3. Deegirl says – reply to this


    Student with Special Needs….person first language! This situation is awful to hear.

  4. think says – reply to this


    Re: Whatthe – Do a little research. Obviously you come to Perez's site so you should know it's not a news site.

  5. lin says – reply to this


    This is really messed up…

  6. Maria says – reply to this


    It might sound fucked up to people who don't really understand what self harming like cutting is all about. The need to cut doesn't go away just because they're not allowed to do it. You have to address the reason for the cutting, not the cutting in itself. Isn't it better to be there and have some control over the situation than having the teen go somewhere private, and in the heat of the moment, maybe cut too deep? And to know that there is less chance of infection? They stress that it was short term, and maybe it was one small step in a bigger plan to help the girl? I have worked in a mental health hospital and with many young girls with a self harming problem, it never helped to stop them when they started, they would only try again later and would use more force and cut deeper. I don't necessary condone the actions at the school, but I understand where they are coming from. And people should stop to think only in black/white, there are many shades of grey in this world of ours, there is seldom only one thing that is right.

  7. Rachel says – reply to this


    Instead of letting the child risk his/her life, why doesn't the school teach the student to relieve stress in a different way?

  8. Jennifer says – reply to this


    With the parents permission?!?!? Who in the world was looking out for this child?? Absoluetly charges should be filed and jobs should be lost.

  9. 9

    Re: Maria – When I grew up (50's and 60's) self harming was getting a tattoo, which no one in my school did except the drunk sailors from the old Long Beach Naval Station. No one needs to cut themselves, that is just sick, and the the school is for sure setting themselves up for a lawsuit if there is the slightest infection. Just a stupid idea IMO.

    In fact, self harming was getting your ears pierced also. Did not get that done until I was in my late 20s and only because my husband bought me emerald earrings.

  10. susan says – reply to this


    Re: Whatthe – Self harm cutting is growing the USA and Uk

  11. Keeks13 says – reply to this


    Re: Rachel – I totally agree! Not only were they were providing a safer controlled environment for this girl to perform something she would have done anyway, but by providing this environment for the girl they were building trust. Now if the girl ever considers stopping she knows she has people to turn to who are willing to help and not be judgemental. Stop being so close minded Perez! This is a common thing, just like clean needle exchange programs. In those cases you can't just expect IV drug users to quit cold turkey but if you offer them clean needles in exchange for their dirty ones at least its a form of harm reduction, and once again health care professionals at these centers are building trust with these people.

  12. Kate says – reply to this


    Re: Maria – Seriously???
    First of all, I DO understand self harm from personal experience, the experience of several friends as well as having a friend who did commit suicide. It is NEVER the right answer to condone or encourage self harming behavior! It is a serious psychological and physical issue that needs to be addressed by medical professionals. Seeing as how the student is a minor it is the responsibility of the adults that care for them to make sure that proper medical steps are taken to help the person to learn to handle those feelings WITHOUT giving in to self harm. That's why hospitals have the right to hold people against their will if they appear to be a threat to THEMSELVES or others….
    The fact that you worked with individuals with a history of self harm and think that people aren't understanding this issue… wow. I don't even have anything to say to that. Just wow.