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Substitute Teacher Choking Student is Learning Opportunity?

I don’t need to make any comments on this story, as it speaks for itself:

BOSTON (AP) - The Department of Social Services is investigating a claim that a substitute teacher choked a 12-year-old boy until he lost consciousness.

The alleged incident took place last Thursday at the John Marshall Elementary School in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood, where Anthony Jackson is in the fifth grade.

According to a report in Wednesday’s Boston Herald, the teacher allegedly asked the class how long it would take for a student to black out. When students didn’t know, she began to choke the boy.

Anthony told his grandmother that the teacher held him so tightly around the neck for so long that he lost consciousness, the Herald said, and no one called for medical help after he fell to the floor. He quickly regained consciousness and was not injured, other than a slight headache.

School officials apologized to Jackson’s mother, the Herald reported. DSS received a complaint on Tuesday, prompting the investigation, agency spokeswoman Denise Monteiro said.

"We have a lot of interviewing to do," she said.

A preliminary report is due within 10 days.

School officials declined to release the substitute’s name. She has been given an administrative assignment until the investigation is complete and was told to stay away from the Marshall School and its students, school officials said.

"We take very seriously all claims of incidents involving students in schools," Boston Public Schools spokesman Jonathan Palumbo said.

Okay, so I was wrong and do need to comment on this.  How horrific, first of all, that an ADULT would think this is okay.  Secondly, in any other instance, the police would be called…this is an assault on a child.  This teacher could have KILLED him.  Okay, so someone called the DSS, but if *I* were the parent, I’d have called the cops. 

…an Interesting Take

If you want a good read about God and evil, head over to Atlas Shrugs who shares one I really enjoyed reading.  I always love seeing the trap door open and you can almost hear it creaking this time! 

White Trash Wednesday - Wonder Twin Powers, ACTIVATE!

I cain’t help but thunk thar is some kinda jean-etic ties here (it’s all in the eyes my Momma says!):

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Thai Pork Tenderloin and Long Beans

This is a recipe I grew up on.  My dad, who was in the Air Force, had a few tours of duty in Thailand and picked up this dish there.

2 tbsp vegetable oil (or infused Wok Oil)

8 cloves garlic, chopped

½ pound pork loin, cut into thin medallions

½ pound raw shrimp, shelled & deveined

1 pound long beans (AKA raw green beans, whole)

3 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)

2 tsp granulated sugar

1 tsp ground black pepper

In a wok, heat oil over very high heat.  Add garlic and quickly stir-fry until light brown.  Immediately add the pork and toss with garlic until pork is light brown.  Add the shrimp and continue stir-frying for about one minute.  Add the beans and cook for at least 2 minutes (they will be very crispy - I typically cook until I start to get a bit of a wilt to the beans).  Stir in the fish sauce, sugar and black pepper.  Toss everything together and serve.  I serve with some steamed Jasmine rice (an aromatic rice that I also grew up on.  Dad had it in Thailand and won’t eat any other kind with Thai food).


Owlish Mutterings linked with Carnival of Recipes