Reactionary Democrats are throwing around the word abuse so often that they’re watering down its meaning. A veteran school teacher is now facing serious charges after she forced a student to stand for the national anthem.
Teachers shouldn’t put their hands on their students. That’s obvious. However, Karen Smith, the former physical education teacher at the Angevine Middle School in Boulder, is being unfairly lampooned.
A kid refused to stand for the anthem so Smith grabbed his jacket collar and yanked him up. Her actions were certainly not the wisest, but do they rise to the level of child abuse? The student was completely unharmed.
The school district wrote in a statement: “Today we learned that the Boulder County District Attorney’s office has formally charged Angevine Middle School Physical Education Teacher Karen Smith… Smith has served Boulder Valley School District for 20 years and is currently on paid administrative leave. We are cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office and respect their decision on this matter.”
Immediately after the controversial incident, cops were called to the school. The student, or those who witnessed what happened, obviously felt concerned enough to call the authorities. Perhaps Smith deserves to lose her job. Even so, that still doesn’t mean that she’s a child abuser.
Harming children is one of the worst things that someone can do. Being convicted of such a crime is a life-long slur against your reputation. The punishment is merited for people who actually hurt kids, and they deserve to face consequences for their actions.
Smith, however, has devoted her life to being an educator. She made a mistake, but she’s not a monster.
The prosecutor may have no choice but to throw the book at Smith. Now that the public is calling her a child abuser it may appear weak if she’s not severely punished.
(Source: New York Post)