but he's now moved on to teaching and training teenage kids,many with disabilities.
Much respect to him for doing so. I've had very limited (a few hours) experience with kids with mental disabilities, and I found it incredibly draining and difficult. One of them had issues with violent outbursts, and I saw how they would handle it. He would be... I don't know how to explain it, but they would 'contain' him while his chaperone (a big, strong bloke) would get him into a kind of bear hug. He'd then hold him in place until the danger had passed, though he told me that the teenager had superhuman strength while in a rage.
I asked if he ever had any serious situations, and he told me about one time when the teenager in question had bitten (and locked his jaws) on the arm of a fellow student. He had no choice but to apply a choke hold to get him to release the other kid, though serious damage had already been done. I asked him what he could have done differently, and he said that there was nothing you could realistically do to keep others safe except exclude him from society, which was a huge no-no.
I think the young kids he taught liked the novelty factor that he was a man,and of course,many of these kids had absent fathers.
Absolutely, I suspect it's even more of an issue in deprived areas. I did the PGCE with a guy who works in an awful school, and he said that the biggest challenge of all is showing the kids that there's a future for them. One kid came to him and said "look, I'm getting several hundred quid a week dealing weed, why should I bother in school?". How the hell do you answer that if a kid has no father and comes from a poor estate?