The incident happened on the campus playground of an unnamed school where a 6-year-old girl was doing something that really got under 65-year-old Mildred Russ’ skin and had her losing any semblance of patience or control.
First she wrapped her legs around the girl to keep her from moving then tied the girl’s sweater around her neck, squeezing it every time she tried. Russ finally dragged the girl to the principal’s office, pulling her out of her shoes in the process.
For her actions, Russ was arrested on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. I know some will come in here and back this teacher in some fashion, citing disrespectful kids, lack of parenting, etc, etc. But I don’t choke disrespectful kids in the grocery store or in my neighborhood, whether they deserved it or not. If I ever do, I would deserve to be in jail just like Mrs. Russ.
I’m not saying teachers shouldn’t be able to use any form of physical contact to restrain a disruptive or physically combative child, but even as someone who would love to see the paddle back in schools so these kids could get a taste of what I got after I punched Wesley Floyd in the chest in 4th-grade, choking a kid with their own shirt is a bit much. Just call the cops and let ‘em Tase the kid if it has gotten that bad.
Speaking of teachers, I never witnessed a teacher choke a kid when I was in school. I did have one in 2nd-grade that would grab your face with one hand and squeeze it, however. Nothing more humiliating than having her squeeze your face in front of the class, then you answering “yes ma’am” with a pair of fish lips after she asks you if you are going to stop talking.