Snap your fingers.
That’s how long it would take me to be down at my kid’s school making hell after viewing this video.
As reported on Shine from Yahoo, 15-year-old Julio Artuz told people his teacher was bullying him in his special needs classroom, but nobody believed him. So he caught his teacher berating him on his cellphone.
NBC affiliate in Philadelphia got their hands on the footage and released it.
Artuz’s teacher says: “I will kick your [expletive] from here to kingdom come until I’m 80 years old.”
“Don’t threaten me,” responds Artuz.
“What are you going to do? You gonna get a chopper and chop me?” asks his teacher as the rest of the class sits rubbernecking the heated argument.
After NBC Philadelphia aired the footage, (seen below) the school put the teacher on paid administrative leave while they investigate.
“The actions depicted on the video do not reflect the mission or culture of our school,” said Gloucester Counter Special Services Superintendent Michael Dicken in a statement. “Our school district takes all bullying, harassment, and intimidation allegations seriously…we do not tolerate it.”
This kind of thing is happening more and more. As Shine reports, earlier this week a special needs student in Ohio recorded her teachers calling her “dumb”, “lazy” and “overweight”. Earlier this month a high school basketball coach was captured on cell phone video making horribly racist moments about students while at school.
Dr. Joel Haber tells Shine that while teacher bullying is very rare, there needs to be a clear policy not just for students bullying students, but teacher bullying as well. Although bullying can be blurry when you’re dealing with unruly students, Haber says bullying is clear: ”… You know when someone wants to make a kid feel bad, or when they’re abusing their power as an authority figure … That’s not the way a role model should be managing a student. Teachers are supposed to make students feel safe. When school becomes a fearful environment because of a teacher, students suddenly think, ‘well who can I trust then?’”
Good for Julio Artuz for standing up for himself and taking matters into his own hands! What a brave boy!
After the story aired, the school district emailed NBC Philadelphia this statement from Superintendent Michael Dicken:
Our school district takes all bullying, harassment, and intimidation allegations seriously. We do not tolerate it. The safety and well being of our students is our first and foremost concern. It is of particular concern when an allegation is made against a teacher. We take great pride in maintaining a healthy, safe, and secure educational environment for our students. Immediately, upon notification of a complaint we followed the steps as established by the Board of Education policy for HIB. The actions depicted on the video do not reflect the mission or culture of our school. My comments are constrained by policy regarding personnel and student records.
NBC Philadelphia is reporting the school district announced Wednesday night that they had a plan in place to take disciplinary action against the teacher.
“Disciplinary action”? I hope that means firing his ass so he can never get anywhere near children again.
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