I had to reply to the story about Joseph Anderson the boy who was handcuffed and taken from P.S. 153 in Maspeth last week to the psychiatric ward of Elmhurst Hospital after he became uncontrollable in class.
This had to be an isolated incident because I have been a parent of a child in Special Education at the school for 2 years and I have never heard of something like this happening there. I volunteer at the school almost every morning and I have never seen any of the staff acting any other way but professionally and gently with the students there.
I am also an alumnus of the school and I never heard of a child being mistreated at the school while I was there for 7 years as a student.
My daughter is a special education student in first grade at P.S. 153. When she first started there in kindergarten she had tantrums in class. Her teacher would call the guidance counselor down and they would calm my daughter down. No handcuffs or police were needed. My daughter has been tantrum-free in school for over 1 year now.
I know I wasn't there when this incident took place but I believe we don't know the whole story. I don't think the staff would overreact based on my experience with them.
P.S. 153 is still a very good school. My daughter is the third generation of my family to attend the school. Even after this incident I would still recommend this school to people in the neighborhood.