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November 1984

Emotional Abuse in the Classroom

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics San Francisco General Hospital 1001 Potrero Ave San Francisco, CA 94110

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(11):1087. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140490087030

Sir.—I enjoyed reading the article by Richard and Mary Krugman1 on emotional abuse in the classroom. I have a question and a comment. Did a pediatrician or any physician play a role in this case? I notice that the teacher involved (Mr X) was transferred to another school, undoubtedly to disrupt another classroom. A few short years ago transfer was the method of dealing with institutional abuse as well. We have gone beyond that stage now. As pediatricians we should influence the school board to recognize such behavior as abusive and to remove teachers of that type from further contact with students.

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