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Old 10-02-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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Gym teacher suing because 6 year old beat him up.

So, do think this is legit or that he is making it up for some quick money? Sure, it's possible that a kick to the knee could do some damage and a 6 year old can do some damage, especially when the adults hands are tied so to speak. They certainly can't get physical with him to try to protect themselves or fight back. So, they have to stand there and take it.

The parents seem oblivious though. Their perfect angel could never do anything like this. Not so sure about that.

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t 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, gym teacher John Webster is not a slight figure. But the former college football player claims a 50-pound, 6-year-old student physically assaulted him and sent him into therapy.

The New York Post reports that Webster fractured his ankle and injured his knee, all at the hands of 4-foot-2 Rodrigo Carpio. Walker says he now has to wear a brace on his right leg.

"It's sort of like an angel-devil sort of thing," Webster, 27, said of Rodrigo. The boy "looks like an angel, but then, all of a sudden, that halo turns into horns. It's been a nightmare. It's embarrassing. It's humiliating."

And there's reportedly more than just the incident with Webster. Rodrigo, a first-grader at PS 330 in Queens, also allegedly kicked the school principal and pinched several other individuals, including a school security officer.

Webster told the Post that the confrontation started when he was escorting several students to the school cafeteria.

"I tried to hold his wrists, and he began biting me,'' Webster said. "I took him to the principal's office, and he kicked me in the ankle, and one kick landed right on my knee. I felt a pop.''

Lawyer Andrew Siben, who is representing Webster, described Rodrigo as a "tiny terror."

"It's sad that teachers like Mr. Webster are not offered protection from someone who can endanger other teachers and students," Siben told the paper.

However, Rodrigo's parents say the allegations are ridiculous.

"The lawsuit is totally absurd," said the boy's father, Jorge Carpio, 44. "How could my little boy do so much damage?"

"This is a terrible thing to say [about] a child," said his mom, Josefa Marcia.

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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I think that this is very possible. Some of those little kids can kick like crazy and I can see a kick hitting just right damaging something.

The parents sound pathetic.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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So, do think this is legit or that he is making it up for some quick money? Sure, it's possible that a kick to the knee could do some damage and a 6 year old can do some damage, especially when the adults hands are tied so to speak. They certainly can't get physical with him to try to protect themselves or fight back. So, they have to stand there and take it.

The parents seem oblivious though. Their perfect angel could never do anything like this. Not so sure about that.
This is why police are called to deal with angry children and why they are took out in cuffs.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:35 AM   #4
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I'm not sure what to think, but it's too bad this isn't a Catholic school in the 60's. He would have gotten spanked with a ruler.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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I can believe the teachers story. I'm not surprised at all, and the parents do sound pathetic like Planogirl said.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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When they did the lead in on the local news this morning DH and I kind of rolled our eyes. Then they interviewed the kid. The mother is a waste and when they asked the kid outright if he kicked the teacher he said "I don't remember." He was definitely coached to say that. He is guilty. As a parent you can read kids' faces. His said "I kicked the crap out him but I'm going to lie through my teeth so I don't get in trouble." He might have been able to sell it better if he didn't smirk.

The teacher's hands were obviously tied and a good kick to the knee can do some serious damage. On the news the teacher sounded legit. He has at least $10,000 out of pocket medical expenses due to surgeries, pt, etc. I don't know if he tried to get the expenses covered in another way but he is entitled to some sort of assistance with these expenses. These are over and above. It's not like he was coaching football and got roughed up.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:52 AM   #7
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I can believe the boy hurt the teacher's knee. Having dealt with kids that age having a total tantrum, I know they can hurt a person. One good kick to the right spot is enough. A kid that is kicking out of control isn't holding back. S/he is using all his/her strength.

Also, in my experience, if a kid's response is "I don't remember" when asked if they did something, the answer is yes. Kids only don't remember stuff like that when they don't want to get in trouble for something.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #8
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Size really doesn't count for all that much when you are dealing with out of control anger. I have a friend who is a social worker who manages a sheltered workshop for disabled adults. He is 6'3", but he has been injured several times when trying to calm clients down.

Sometimes the workers can throw temper tantrums that require 4 guards to subdue, and often the worker is a small woman. Never underestimate the damage a really angry smaller person can do to a bigger person who is trying to subdue him or her.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:55 AM   #9
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I believe it. I have heard horror stories of violence coming from 5 and 6 year olds. One well placed kick and he could easily have caused long term injury to this teacher and it is clear from the article this kid has a history of physical/violent behavior. His parents come off as idiots as they are well aware of their kids violent behavior but say "that's a horrible thing to say about a child". Come on..

If the teacher has medical bills and long term damage I can see him seeking compensation for it..teachers don't always have great health care (here not only isn't it great but it is beyond expensive). Maybe if parents who let their kids get away with this stuff realize someone is going to hold them accountable they might get their head out of the sand and start being a parent.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #10
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The teacher's story sounds reasonable to me.
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I can absolutely believe the teacher, and I think the parents (and child) sound horrible. I'd like to think that the lawsuit would teach the parents and others like them a lesson but frankly I doubt that it will.
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I believe it too.
I'm not sure what the teacher's size has to do with it. It isn't like the PE teacher is allowed to put a smack down on the kid to keep him from kicking and hitting. The guy pretty much had to stand there and let the kid assault him and a 6 year old child can definitely kick hard enough to injure and adult.

This is exactly why you read those stories that go like.... "School personnel secured the child in an empty room and then called the police for assistance."
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:06 PM   #13
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And the sad part is that these same parents probably would have gotten all up in arms if the school would have proposed previously putting a restraint/seclusion (cool down room)/defusion plan in place (because, of course their sweet baby wouldn't harm a fly). And they wonder why it's so hard to find and keep good special education teachers.
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I believe the teacher AND he should press charges against the child. Get the police involved and then maybe the worthless parents will sit up and take notice. Also maybe then the little brat will be forced to get help behaving.
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I believe it. I have heard horror stories of violence coming from 5 and 6 year olds. One well placed kick and he could easily have caused long term injury to this teacher and it is clear from the article this kid has a history of physical/violent behavior. His parents come off as idiots as they are well aware of their kids violent behavior but say "that's a horrible thing to say about a child". Come on..

If the teacher has medical bills and long term damage I can see him seeking compensation for it..teachers don't always have great health care (here not only isn't it great but it is beyond expensive). Maybe if parents who let their kids get away with this stuff realize someone is going to hold them accountable they might get their head out of the sand and start being a parent.

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