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Goodrich teacher suspended for controversial video in the classroom

Goodrich teacher suspended for controversial video in the classroom

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    It's a controversy that divided the community of Goodrich.A student is stuck in a chair.His teacher records it on a cell phone.A principal has resigned and the teacher is fighting for her job.It's video
    It's a controversy that divided the community of Goodrich - a student is stuck in a chair, is teacher records it on a cell phone. A principal has resigned and the teacher is fighting for her job.
 (05/08/14)  - After months of controversy, Goodrich area schools finally took action involving fifth grade teacher Nicole McVey.

She took a video last November showing a Goodrich elementary school student with Asperger syndrome, stuck in a classroom chair.

Rather than helping him, McVey taped him.
     
That video was given to ABC12 with the parents consent.
 
The parents of the student wanted McVey fired, but that didn't happen. Instead, on Thursday, Goodrich area schools approved an agreement with McVey, suspending her for one year without pay or benefits.

McVey released a written apology, saying her actions brought a "huge black cloud" to the district. 
 
McVey goes on to say,  "I have thought about November 22 every single day for the last 5 months and wish I could change every part of it. I failed my students, and most of all I failed in my job as a teacher that day."

In settling with McVey, superintendent Scott Bogner says she was held accountable.

Here's a portion of Bogner's statement:

"This has not been easy for the student or the teacher that was involved. In this case, the teacher has owned the mistake and been held accountable. When people make mistakes, and we all will, there is room for grace even as accountability occurs."  
   
The parents of boy wanted more than a suspension. They wanted McVey fired.

Pat Greenfelder represents the family. He told ABC12, "If something like this happened, you would lose your job straight up, wouldn't be any question about it, it would not be tolerated. But this appears to be the school board backing down to the union, it does not make any sense, this is not what the parents were promised."

McVey also agreed to attend remedial training focused on classroom relationships and also on the handling of student information. 
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