ATHERTON, Calif.— A teacher at Selby Lane School is on paid leave after he rattled a desk to get the attention of his class and a startled student called 911.
Police were called to the school after receiving a 911 call about a teacher causing a disturbance and possibly throwing things. When they arrived they found a calm teacher with a class in session. Police determined nothing had been thrown, but rather the teacher had simply rattled a desk to get the attention of his 8th-grade math class.
One of the girls in the class, probably a foreign exchange student from France, got scared by this and left the classroom to call police on a cell phone before running through the hallways screaming at her own shadow.
The other students in the class weren’t bothered by the teacher’s actions, said Sgt. Tim Lynch. Though the teacher “dramatically” made his point, “it wasn’t a teacher out of control,” he added.
Because police were called, the teacher, who has never had a complaint filed against him in the past, will remain on paid leave until the investigation is complete.
Kids today need to toughen up a bit. My 8th-grade teacher would get your attention by slamming your desk before squeezing your face into fish-lips while yelling at you. The one and only time I told on her, my parents spanked my ass for not paying attention in class. However, if you were real good, she’d buy you beer and give you a hand-job in the bathroom.