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January 27th, 2011
11:03 AM ET
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Pat

    This teacher is what we recognize in management as a "chaos creator". She would have been fired in any business environment.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  2. Paul Ernest Show

    Are teachers expected to go by the same rules as street rules? See no bullying,report no bullying. What is a teacher supposed to do if she shouldn't report such things as bullying? Sit down with the two fighters and encourage them to fight on? Amazing.

    January 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  3. Justin N.

    She may have acted with haste, and I don't have all the facts here, but I think she had the best of intentions here. Speaking as someone who was bullied from Day 1 of my K-12 education all the way until I graduated from High School, I think she had the right idea, but should have done more before going to the Sheriff. I would have suspended the child or given them detention to send a strong message to home that they are a problem in class and need to be dealt with. If the parents didn't care (which, in my experience, they never do), speaking with the local school administration is the next step to see about out of school or indefinite suspension, followed by discussing matters with the district administration for expulsion.

    The problem here seems to be that her superiors had no problems with the behavior of the problem child (again, all too common; they only care once someone is dead and blood on their hands), and wanted to keep this quiet – nobody wants to be known for having a bully problem, especially a school principal or district leader. But the fact we know is that there was a problem with this child, the teacher did what she thought was right, and was suspended for her actions while the problem child, presumably, was never reprimanded by the school district and now is even viewed as a victim of an overzealous teacher.

    This underscores the hypocrisy on such "zero tolerance" bully policies in schools. They care on paper because they're required to, but when the problem presents itself, it's "kids will be kids" and zero action.

    I think this teacher should be given a frickin' medal for standing up for the majority of her class against a bully.

    As for Sheila, again, I don't have all the facts, but why shouldn't a teacher take action against a child threatening to bring a weapon – air rifle or pistol or otherwise – to class? I had a switchblade pulled on me on a school bus because someone brought it for show and tell, and I got suspended as a result along with the child who threatened me with it. Why shouldn't a teacher rally children against a bully? Bullies succeed because they seperate their victims, but if the victims rally together and support each other, it's now considered a "posse"? Until you've been a victim of bullying, don't try telling others how to deal with it. And if the bully was indeed being bullied, then maybe you should look at that bully's teacher, or the school staff who again refused to take action on that matter.

    This teacher behaved properly, if hastily. She jumped the gun on the sheriff, but followed procedure and was ignored. If anyone should be subject to a witch hunt, it's the lazy, incompetent teachers and staff who let the problem get this bad in the first place, not the teacher who was suspended for defending the children placed under her care.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  4. Sheila

    Unfortunately if the teacher had followed the proper systems in place none of this would have happened. Not only did she call parents but, she passed out a 15 page document that had ALL of the children’s names on it (not just the alleged bully’s) to every parent in the class. She did this before talking to the principle, or the superintendent. She was rallying a posy against this child. Like a witch hunt. She never even filled out a complaint form for the child. Just ran to the police and parents. I fear for the life of the alleged bully. Everyone in this small town knows who he is- thanks to her. The instance of bringing a gun to school was referring to him wanting to bring a BB gun for “share” day. The chocking was the child (after being called names) pulling on the collar of the kid who was tormenting him. None of what she claims was seen and all of it is based on hearsay from 7 year old children who might have been “coached”. All of this information I am telling you can be backed up by the Sierra Star and the Fresno Bee. Just keeping them honest Anderson…

    January 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

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