ROSA SMITH. LOOKS RETARDED.
The Negro student afflicted with cerebral palsy, Rosa Smith, pictured above, ought to spark a national conversation about at least two important issues.
1. Is humane euthanasia an acceptable solution to cases like that of Rosa Smith, where the individual has no chance of doing anything meaningful in life. If ever there was a “useless eater,” it’s Smith.
I’m currently opposed to euthanasia because it’s a slippery slope. But I’m willing to listen to arguments on all sides.
2. The second question is less theoretical and more practical: What limits if any should be placed on disciplining and controlling students (this one is 26) who are incapable of self-control.
I’m in favor of judicially administered corporal punishment.
Talking to creatures like Smith is like talking to a wall when they won’t listen or obey.
The family of a woman with cerebral palsy says her former teacher, among others, abused and neglected her for years while she was a student, and they are now suing the school district.
A lawsuit filed against Washtenaw Intermediate School District, a teacher, principal and two teacher’s aides, outlines ‘repetitive instances of abuse’ suffered by Rosa Smith, a now 26-year-old woman with cerebral palsy.
According to WFXG, Smith’s impairments make her unable to communicate verbally. Her physical impairments include the inability to move her hands and arms.
The woman endured physical, emotional and psychological harm at the hands of the defendants, who allegedly spilled scalding hot coffee on her, locked her in the bathroom for extended periods of time and slapped her across the face, according to the allegations in the lawsuit.
These weren’t accidents, and there was abuse going on,’ attorney Jonathan Marko said during a press conference with Smith’s family.
The suit names the woman’s former teacher, Nesa Johnson, and it says she forcefully taped Smith’s mouth shut in March of 2016 because she was ‘making noises.’
The teacher allegedly texted Smith’s mother a photo of the woman with her mouth taped saying ‘Help. She won’t be quiet!!!!’
‘Taping a special-needs student’s mouth shut is appalling in-and-of-itself, but was especially torturous for Rosa, who is physically unable to remove the tape, has trouble breathing and clearing her throat, and breathes out of her mouth,’ the lawsuit states.
‘Defendant Johnson’s actions put Rosa’s life in jeopardy.
Furthermore, hair and skin were missing from the area of Rosa’s face where Johnson removed the tape,’ the lawsuit added.
The lawsuit also claims staff members ‘intentionally over-medicated Rosa to mollify, pacify and sedate her instead of providing the educational services to which she had a federal right.’
In February this year, a staff member allegedly slapped Smith in the face several times ‘in plain view’ of other students and faculty members, the lawsuit alleges.
This type of discipline looks reasonable to me. It would also be reasonable to whip the retard or to put her in a broom closet.
Am I wrong?