Former Lamar CISD Teacher Under Investigation for Alleged Assault on Student

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A Lamar CISD Sub claims he reported this and was told to mind his own business. VIDEO STATEMENT


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Statement from the attorney for the teacher:
The attorney for the teacher, Susan Soto, issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon. KHOU is choosing to omit the teacher's name because she has not been charged with a crime.

A video of [a] former Lamar Consolidated ISD [teacher's] classroom caught the media’s attention this week. The school district previously responded to the incident captured on the video.

According to school law attorney Susan Soto, who represents [the teacher], allegations that the teacher was abusive to the student are untrue.

Soto says that while the video may be disturbing to some, the techniques that [the teacher] employed are based on the student’s individual needs and on a specific discipline management theory.

Over the course of the school year, [the teacher] attempted a variety of discipline management strategies with the student in order to minimize a pattern of dangerous behavior. The video depicts an Applied Behavior Analysis strategy that focuses on improving specific behaviors. The strategy, called Response Cost, decreases undesired behaviors by assigning a penalty or cost to them. When a student learns to acquire individual attention by throwing items and overturning furniture in a classroom, a teacher may try to decrease throwing episodes by displacing additional items on the floor for the student to collect. The additional clean-up the student must perform is the penalty or cost for the inappropriate behavior.
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