Teacher Liability - warned of dangers and whether the...

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1. To what extent are you responsible for the actions of students like Damien? Your Answer: I'm responsible for leaving Damien alone with a student even though she was a very  responsible student, but Damien have some behavior problems and I shouldn't have  left him alone.   Teachers are legally responsible for the actions of all students, including ones like Damien. They  act in loco parentis, serving as guardians for the children under their care. 2. If this problem developed into a liability suit, what factors would the courts consider in judging  whether you were negligent? Your Answer: First of all they would consider that I left a student who has a behavior problem with  no supervision and my students didn't have on any safety glasses.   The courts would consider several factors here. Perhaps the most important is the age and  mental abilities of the students involved. Also the courts would want to know if the children were 
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Unformatted text preview: warned of dangers and whether the teacher took precautionary measures, anticipating possible dangerous situations. 3. In hindsight, were there some things you could have done differently in terms of this science activity? Your Answer: I could've paired Damien up with myself and not another student, I could have demonstrarted the activiy to the class before letting them try it on their own. Lastly, all my students must wear safety glasses. Definitely students should have been warned of the dangers of chemical substances. In addition, you might have monitored Damien more carefully. This last suggestion is a gray area or judgment call, as the teacher is responsible for all the children in a class, not just one...
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