Baltimore, MD – A cell phone video was recently published on Youtube that showed a high school teacher being bullied by her students.
The video was taken inside a classroom at Digital Harbor High, a magnet school in Federal Hill. It shows a substitute teacher sitting behind her desk as she dodges objects being thrown at her while another student flicks her head and face. You can hear the teacher tell them to stop, threatening suspension, only to be met with laughter from other students as she is called a bitch and told to shut up.
“Respect for adults. Somewhere there’s just, no civility. They don’t even respect the adults in the classroom who are trying to deliver a lesson and this is the battle we fight,” said Marietta English, the head of the teachers union in Baltimore city. She has seen the video and says this type of behavior happens more often than most people think.
She recommends teachers report this kind of activity to school police, administration, and the teachers union. The teacher in this video did not file a complaint with the police or the teacher’s union, opting to let the school administration handle it.
According to reports, Baltimore City Schools says that the video was taken last month and that they have already conducted their investigation. They say one student in the video has been disciplined, but did not reveal how.
“I think it happens every day. We ask teachers to file a complaint with us, fill out the forms so that we can keep our own records. We just believe it happens every day in some school, somewhere,” said English.
Admittedly, we gave substitutes hell when I was in school, back when kids had a school issued abacus. But the blatant disrespect and not seeming to care about being filmed committing assault against an adult is a bit surprising. Even had I not been scared of school authorities, my parents would have painted my bedroom with my ass cheeks had I been caught doing anything remotely similar to what is seen in this video.
There was a time when I entertained being a high school teacher. But I dismissed it because I was worried about getting into jailbait trouble; not murdering a bitch in front of the class.Tags: Bullying, Crime, Digital Harbor High, Maryland, student, teacher