Across the Hall From My Classroom -- Yesterday
I wasn't in school yesterday because I had to take care of some personal business. Now the sheepdog in me wishes I'd been there.
Apparently a teacher (male, nice guy very gentle) got into a conflict with a female student in the morning. He tried to break up an argument between two other kids and this female got mildly pushed in the process. Whereupon she SMACKS the teacher on the spot! He does nothing 'cause he's too scared. Later on after normal school hours (but only just) he's in his room grading papers like I often do. He goes to lock and go home when he is suddenly hit in the head from behind so hard he goes face down. The girl had returned with her family. Mom, dad, brother they all jump on this poor little sheep with total commitment to destroy. Result? Perps get away (no security or cops anywhere in sight) and the teacher lands in the hospital .... With his jaw busted in two places.
I heard about this and man was I [expletive deleted!] Now as I understand it, this guy, the teacher, had just zero class room management skills. The kids ran his room and they ran him. So he was almost a disaster waiting to happen. I've never had any sort of an issue in my room. Today a kid got mad at me and stormed from the room after throwing a book to the floor. I got the impression she wanted to smack me, to which I smiled my most evil smile and softly offered her my chin, but she didn't bite. ~SIGH~ She left. She's obviously smarter than she seems on the surface. She sure knows how to work the system. But so do I and for more years than she's been alive. I got going on my paperwork and by noon she was out of my class. Not out of the school, but I got what I wanted.
This ATTACK yesterday, it could have been any of us. It could have involved a weapon and in fact there was a shooting yesterday just a block south of the school but it was apparently not related to the attack on the teacher. We had an armed car jacker last school year take a teacher's car from the faculty lot! That one was in condition white as well. I think that's because of ExSoldier's Rules for Personal Survival.
RULE #1: Go home alive and unharmed at the end of your work day! I'll take whatever action is required to adhere to this rule and my students know it. :twak::twak:They've all seen my military photo album (including pix from recent IDPA matches & recent pix of my Aikido classes). But just because the kids seem to get the message on me, there's no accounting for the stupidity of family. Stupid is as stupid does. So I never let my guard drop, EVER.:scruntiny:
I don't know what can be done about this situation. I think teachers should be allowed TASERS or Chemical sprays at the very least. :rant:A handgun wouldn't have been much help in this situation since he was taken by ambush essentially and although the number of attackers might justify use of deadly force, I doubt such use would have been supported by state law. A Taser would be a wonderful deterrent, though. That loud fryin' bacon :image035:sound will put the skids on any kid's violent impulses PDQ!:buttkick:
Doubtful on all counts...
The faculty wasn't even officially notified of the attack!:hand1: The teacher is a scared little mouse who wouldn't hurt a fly, but he got swatted himself. I hope he sues, but I don't know how far he'll get given the financial disaster the district is suffering.
Originally Posted by Gunnutty
I teach in the 2008 equivalent of the BLACKBOARD JUNGLE
Let me put it this way: A couple of years ago my school (I teach in the 4th largest school district in the nation) led the whole county in outdoor suspensions for violence. Over 7,000; yes, that's SEVEN THOUSAND kids put on outdoor suspension FOR VIOLENCE when our school population was only about 1,800. Probably the same 100 kids, too. Gangs? You bet. MS13 operates just 6 blocks from school and we've got tons of locals.
Originally Posted by mi2az
I've had dozens of former students put in prison for homicide, armed robbery and drug trafficking. Others just got killed. The kids for the most part are really good kids. They're struggling to do well in school to get into a decent college. Our school sends a small number of really gifted kids to Ivy League schools. Last year I had the pleasure of teaching the top 15 students in the senior class in my AP American Government class.
Yes we have punks all over the place. Some are as stupid as a bag of hammers and they know it. So they make trouble. The liberal teachers and administrators just roll over for them giving them 3rd 4th 5th and 150th chances to "straighten up." Yeah right.
We have security and a female fat cop that shows up at free food for faculty lunches and nowhere else. Her nails are so long I don't think she can draw her Glock without an accidental discharge. Useless.
Hard to change a teaching style. Easier to change a location....
You're right about that, too. But this is more a failure of the district and school administration. They've got to be taught from the moment they enter the classroom. I wasn't taught, not really. I had a mentor but my real role model was my wife who taught at my first school site. Plus that was a school in a "good area" with not much crime.
Originally Posted by Gunnutty
My experience in the inner city has been successful in LARGE part because of my experiences in the military as an Infantry Captain and in state law enforcement. In the inner city a former Parole Officer/Probation Officer has a lot of clout. lol. The wolves sense a sheepdog. They're not into personal risk.