Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Teaching with her Fists

Yesterday, my wife showed me the news story of the Florida teacher who "punched" her student.  Okay, ... I can't help but rant for a minute.  Please ... just indulge me - a former teacher - in my uninformed rant.  It was deeply disturbing.  Not because she punched him - but because she had to - because it escalated to that level - and most of all, because the rest of the class just stood there and watched it happen.  In true "millenial" fashion, someone found enough time to video the whole thing via cellphone, but not step in to restrain this kid who was bullying his teacher ... his FEMALE teacher ... his almost a foot shorter FEMALE teacher. 
The fact of the matter is that the kid that got punched was only the second biggest kid in the class.  The biggest kid [looks like a linebacker] jumps in only after it comes to blows.  Apparently, he was standing nearby as a spectator while the bully cornered his teacher against the wall and shouted her down w/ profanities the entire way.  Where was Paul Bunyan a second ago when this kid was cussing his teacher out?  As soon as she strikes the kid [an admirable right, left, right combo - the last of which lands squarely on his jaw] one of the girls in the class shouts out, "You can't do that!  You can't hit a student!".  As if this were just another stomach-turning Springer episode where it is totally fine and acceptable for students to verbally berate or even physically push around their teachers.  No lines had been crossed until the teacher struck, even if it were in self-defense.  Why wasn't she yelling, "You can't do that!  You can't curse at a teacher! You can't do that!  You can't disrespect a lady like that!"?!?!  Sounds like punches and slaps were needed all around.  May God help us to raise our sons and daughters in the rebirth of chivalry.

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