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Special-needs student regularly tethered to fence

Using a tie-out for a dog is illegal in Pima County. But apparently some school employees thought it was OK to use the same concept on a special-needs student.

Student routinely restrained to fence

Five Tucson Unified School District employees were put on notice after an investigation revealed that a special-needs student at Sabino High School routinely was left restrained to a fence by his backpack from when the bus dropped him off for school to when teachers came to take him to class.

The bus monitor involved said the exceptional-education student, whose feet remained on the ground, was attached to the spoke of the fence so he wouldn’t fall over or wander away while he waited for his escort…..

In a written explanation in the district’s investigative file, monitor Thomas Giacoma noted that for most of the school year he had used the fence and nobody voiced disapproval, adding it was done in full sight of everyone at the bus bay, from teachers to bus drivers, supervisors and students. Read story: http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/294757

Using the monitor’s logic, anything we do, no matter how atrocious, is OK if it’s in “full sight” of others.

Don’t forget Kitty Genovese was reported as murdered in “full sight” of New Yorkers peeking out their windows when they heard her blood-curling screams for help

Nobody did a thing to help.

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