"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, December 05, 2015

KIPP Admin Resigns After Charges of Bruising 7 and 5 Year Olds

On November 14, I posted on an investigation underway in St. Louis involving a KIPP administrator accused of bruising a 5 year old boy.  Since then, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a 7 year old girl was reported bruised by the same administrator, Andrew Sears, a white 20-something year old male.  

The State of Missouri's investigation remains open.  From Elisa Crouch at the Post-Dispatch:
. . . .Police and the state Department of Social Services were contacted Oct. 8 and Nov. 10 for alleged physical abuse at the school, 955 Arcade Avenue. Sears was accused of bruising a girl, 7, and a boy, 5. He was put on leave, pending the outcome of investigations by police, the state and KIPP.

Tammy Howard said she became alarmed Nov. 10 when she went to the school to pick up her kindergarten son and he had bruises on his face and chest. He told her Sears had grabbed his face with one hand and squeezed hard. She brought it to the attention of school officials, and then she called police.

Hope Whitehead, an attorney for the families of both children, said state social services workers first dismissed the girl’s claims as unsubstantiated, but those concerns were reinvigorated by the second accusation involving the boy. The kindergartner had been disciplined at school the day his mother saw his bruises, the attorney said.

Howard said she was glad Sears was no longer at the school. She removed her son from KIPP the week of Nov. 10. He now attends a city district school.

Yah Ammi, the father of the girl, said his daughter also went to a different school.

“My daughter’s been traumatized,” he said.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:40 PM

    KIPP is like sending your child to a Hitler work camp. They use humiliation tactics to create obedient slaves. Read about them. There has been a lot of stories like this over the years and the federal government loves KIPP. Why? Because the federal government wants to indoctrinate and create these obedient slaves and KIPP and other Charters is how they will do it. And parents won't be able to do a thing about it because with Charters you have no elected school boards. So as they grow in numbers and they will parental authority diminishes. Parents need to flee from Charters and the entire public school system.