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April 1985

Emotional Abuse in the Classroom

Author Affiliations

College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University New York, NY 10032

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(4):333. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140060015013

Sir.—The report by Richard and Mary Krugman1 concerning a group of children who were emotionally abused by their classroom teacher is an important observation and reminder. Unfortunately, the situation described in Denver is unlikely to be unique. To compound the problem, children's descriptions of classroom turmoil are rarely taken seriously.

I am concerned about the outcome in this case. What happened to Mr X? It is stated that he was transferred to another school. Are the children in this classroom now at risk? Was Mr X referred for psychiatric evaluation and treatment? As C. Henry Kempe taught, our responsibility does not end with the identification and reporting of an abusive situation but involves the planning of a rehabilitative program for all parties concerned.

Readers are referred to the reply letter by Krugman and Krugman in the November AJDC (1984;138:1087)—Ed.