I have just a few things to say about tossing a teenage girl across a classroom. Until now, I’ve refrained from this, but when I heard a moronic CNN talking head blathering on and then, blame the teacher for not having control of her classroom, I saw red.
Now, I’ll admit, we don’t know the entire story, but since that hasn’t stopped any of the national media, I’m not going to let it stop me.
PARENTS FAILED THIS KID
It is not a teacher’s job to instill respect for authority in a child. It is the parent’s responsibility. If a teacher tells a student to put a cell phone away, that cell phone should be put away. But that’s not what happens today. Today, the child resists, other children take cellphone videos, the media get into the act and before you know it, a law suit is filed and then settled because who wants that publicity?
Such crap. Parents should have taught this kid respect for authority. Period.
Back in the day, Sister Mary Elisabeth would have rapped those knuckles hard with a ruler and the cellphone (had there been one) would have been put away. Today, Sister would have probably been burned at the stake.
BAD JUDGMENT BY TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL
Before calling the school resource officer, they should have simply emptied the classroom and talked to the child privately. Parents should have been called. There was no need to escalate the situation to an officer.
I had to laugh at the suggestion a friend made over lunch that the teacher should have emptied the classroom, then continued with class for the resistant student alone.
But again, the big failure in this case was on the part of the parents. Period. That’s where it started.
WHERE WAS DUE PROCESS FOR THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER?
There was none. This officer was fired without sufficient investigation into the facts of the matter. So wrong.
Again, the fail is on the part of the parents, who failed to teach this girl respect for authority. She refused her teacher’s order, the principal’s order and the officer’s order. So whose fault is this?
If parents could be fired, they should have been. They should have their license to parent taken away. Oh yeah, there is no license to parent. Any fertile people who have sex can become a parent. What a pity.
WE SHOULD BE APPALLED
We should be appalled at the complete lack of respect for authority that many kids today have, an attitude that is at the root of much of the crazy stuff police officers must contend with. Who would want to be a cop in this circumstance? Not me. And pretty soon, not anyone, I fear.
Not to mention, who would want to teach in this environment?
MY BOTTOM LINE:
Cellphones should not be permitted in the classroom on penalty of suspension. I taught college classes that included teens. Cellphones were not permitted. This was NEVER a problem, because these kids were there to learn. They had respect for the rules. Oh, and let me tell you, they were digital geniuses, and had every reason to want to be attached to their phones. Better reasons than the S. Carolina student, I’m certain. But they were taught better by their parents.
The parents are at fault in this case. Any parent who allows a child to resist authority is at fault. Resisting authority has already cost kids their lives. We saw this just recently when a stupid teenager resisted an officer at a traffic stop and was killed when the officer was forced to defend himself. This was 100 percent on the student, in my opinion.
The school staff failed to act logically, strategically and in fact, over-reacted.
The school resource officer should not have been called in for this situation, but since he was, he should not have thrown her around the classroom, even if she hit him.
There’s a lot wrong here. But it all began because the parents did not do their job. Respect for authority is a mark of a civilized society. Without it, we are all just animals.
That’s where I think we’re heading.
What do you think?