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9 – When Students Attack…Oh and They Do!

03 Apr

ostrich

“Experts dubious about 3rd-graders’ plot …Nine girls, boys apparently mad at veteran teacher at Georgia school”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23905909

http://www.newsweek.com/id/130150

Okay…my panties are definitely in a bunch! People…come on now…REALLY? …The sweet child routine? Ummmm…NO! I see it happen every day. The biggest bully, and I’m talking Repeat Offender Award for Being a Brat Bully will shove their peers, curse loudly in the classroom, yell obscenities at the teacher, ditch class, make sexual innuendos, etc. AT SCHOOL…but when Big Brat Bully is called on the carpet and Mama Brat Bully comes to the school, then Big Brat Bully transforms into this unrecognizable church mouse…quiet and unassuming…lover of nature and all mankind (bite me). The parents have bought the act and are going to bat for B.B.B., as all the teachers wear their most incredulous “What the French Toast?” faces. All the B.B.B.s I have ever taught are the future sociopaths of the world, and Mommy/Daddy/Grandparents make it worse for these children to learn some good old fashioned DISCIPLINE!!! Mama Brat Bully only opens the doors of the penitentiary/unemployment line/extra-room-in-the-basement even wider by making lame excuses for Big Brat Bully’s inappropriate behavior.

Currently, a case involving children and a murder plan for their teacher is “shocking” the nation! I laugh. Why is the nation shocked? Why do adults believe that little people are incapable of murder…plotting murder…the execution of a succinct murder plan? Wake up America! Your children are not innocent…you are blind! So what if the alleged are 8- to- 10 year olds…they are people, too! Crime does not have an age limit.

In a Newsweek article, Elizabeth Berger, M.D. (child “shrink”) states, “When it comes down to it, the whole weight of the adult world rests with the teacher’s authority. And this is something that few children would have the folly to buck.” I almost fell out of my seat with laughter! Surely this woman is visiting the weed man along with my student’s mama! I realize that I teach an older crowd, however, I do have friends who teach elementary school…and their stories are not pretty, either! The teacher’s authori-TAH means ABSOLUTELY zilch, zip, zero where I work! However, that goes back to improper home training (another blog for another day).

Students do attack, both verbally and physically. I want to take you back to the day our school issued progress reports…the day that I thought I was going to be attacked by a mob of students! Never in my career of teaching had I felt in danger of my life by the hands of students! These “kids,” however, were not joking! After progress reports were issued, they piled into my room with the ferocity of a tsunami. Each of them stormed in my room donning scowls and spewing obscenities from their mouths. “You gone change dis motherfuckin’ grade!” “What the fuck is dis shit?” “I ain’t got no 18! I come to class every day.” They crowded around my desk, leaving me a marginal view in which to map out an escape route.

The hair on the back of my neck rose at attention. I had no help. My door would not lock because I had no key…so the students continued to pour in until there were at least fifteen to twenty huddled around my desk. I looked up into their angry faces and saw that they WOULD strike me if they smelled my fear…this was an important wake-up call for me. I had no help. No security or hall monitors were alerted…I had no way of getting the attention of the administration (and I guess no one thought it strange that these kids were freely roaming the halls and pouring into one room when they were not supposed to be)…None of my other colleagues (who are usually VERY supportive) came to help because I assume that they were experiencing their own private hell in their classroom as well. It was fight or flight…I was left to my own defenses as means of survival and in order to survive, I had to communicate with them in terms that they best understood.

The message is that there must ALWAYS be consequences for those who fall off the path. As an educator, I can only do so much…my impact is not as lasting as the one that has begun in the womb. If you are a parent, and more than one person/teacher calls a personality trait of your “darling little one” forth to you that you find unsavory and difficult to accept…so what…deal with it! Do not stick your head in the sand! You are a human…not an ostrich! It is your responsibility to attempt to steer your little one away from Hitler-esque/David Koresh/Uni-Bomber tendencies! If the teachers tell you that your child is a bully, then chances are…your child is a bully…FIX IT! If teachers tell you that your child has an attitude problem, talks back, can’t sit still…seek medication, counseling, an exorcism, some type of intervention but the bottom line is that you must FIX IT! Do not ignore it! If you do not, then your child will have problems as an adult because those types of issues just don’t fix themselves! …Just ask Ted Bundy.

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16 responses to “9 – When Students Attack…Oh and They Do!

  1. bug56

    April 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    What happened to innocence?

     
  2. Hotness Von Lictencracker

    April 3, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Ms. Friendly, can you please make your blogs longer? I have nothing but time on my hands and it currently only takes me three hours to read each of your posts.

    Thanks!

     
  3. msfriendly

    April 3, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Dear Hotness,

    You are an illiterate dickweed. Thanks.

    Love,
    Ms. Friendly

     
  4. msfriendly

    April 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    BTW…please leave comments that are germane to the topic of the blog!

     
  5. Hotness Von Lictencracker

    April 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Dearest Ms. Friendly,

    I’m AMERICAN. Why would I leave comments in Germane? I speak ENGRISH.

    Re: Dickweed: As in what your students smoke I presume. Seriously though, you have to appreciate seeing the words “illiterate” and “dickweed” beside each other on a blog edited by an English teacher.

    😉

     
  6. Hotness Von Lictencracker

    April 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    PREASE PRACE ORDER QURICKRY! UNBEREAVABRY DERICIOUS!

    I NEED A TYRENOR! DO YOU HAVE AN ADVIR? NO ADVIR?

    UNBEREAVABURR!

    Do you have an Areve?

    No AREVE???

    UNBEREAVABURR!

     
  7. Crouching Bride, Hidden Bridezilla

    April 8, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Sad, but I thought about you and Crittle immediately when I saw this on t.v.! Put Shane and I in a tizzy thinking about you and those shit for brains students and fearless leader. Ugh! This whole thing just makes me ill and very worried for you.

     
  8. Emily

    April 13, 2008 at 5:40 am

    I remember you telling the progress report story in class one day…
    And I agree with what you say–starts in the womb, and yet we are left to fix it. How did that happen? When did schools become a social program for the degenerate?
    Fortunately the school I work at now is nothing like that, but I went through it last year.
    Stay safe!
    Emily

     
  9. Hotness Von Lictencracker

    April 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    No more entries?

     
  10. The Red Pill

    April 24, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Hello Ms. Friendly,

    I thought of your blog while reading this one…

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352359,00.html

    ATLANTA — Atlanta police have arrested a high school student and her mother in the beating of the girl’s teacher.

    Forty-four-year-old Georgia Thornton and her daughter, 17-year-old Sequita Thornton, have been charged with attacking Felecia Williams at Southside High School on February 28th.

    According to a police report, the mother was charged with battery on a school teacher, disrupting public schools, criminal trespass and theft by taking in connection with the attack. Sequita was charged with battery on a teacher and disrupting public schools.

    Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Joe Manguno says Atlanta school officials have also permanently expelled the girl and ordered her to pay $500 toward the teacher’s medical expenses.

    Williams said Tuesday she had met with Thornton previously to discuss Sequita’s grades and sporadic attendance.

    On the day of the incident, Williams says the pair walked into her classroom during class and began arguing about a book. The teacher says she asked them to leave, but the mother pushed past her and grabbed a book off her desk.

    According to a police report, when Williams tried to get the book back, the mother pulled the teacher’s hair and threw her to the ground. Then the mother and daughter stomped on the teacher.

    Sorry that you, or any other teacher, has to put up with this type of daily nonsense.

     
  11. msfriendly

    April 24, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    The Red Pill,

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It means so much that someone within the community thinks of us! I will use this tidbit of information well…I have an “almost” story, pertaining to a colleague of mine, that is headed down this very road!

    You Rock!

     
  12. The Red Pill

    April 25, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Actually, I think about your articles here quite frequently. They affirm that my wife and I made the right choice to move our family to a small desert community and send our children to its very small schools.

    They also confirm why I am an aspiring college teacher. High school kids today are just way too confrontational. I can’t even watch the movie “187” anymore.

    Good luck to you and all the other teachers in the country who have to put up with this madness every day. You all deserve so much better.

     
  13. msfriendly

    April 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Yes, I too am an aspiring college teacher! My days in public education are numbered. I believe I have learned my lesson.

    Take your children and RUN! Good choice 🙂

     
  14. kid gone old

    June 10, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    This type of problem spawns for teachers that are perhaps not strong enough (infuencially). I am reminded of a teacher i had when i was 7 who shaped me up, not with threats and meaningless punishments, but with a highly charismatic and educatied manner of communication which to this day is effecting me. Ultimatly the blame is not on you but on the scoolboard for deciding to hire weak, ambitionless, drones for teachers that are seemingly upset at being a teacher in the firstplace. The more intellegiant, influencial, and philosophically inlightened the teacher is the more the student benifits… bully or valavictorian, the benifits are the same. SO, hire clever, critical thinking, univercity profesors to teach elementary school and not only with this problem be mostley solved, but also our children will be smarter.

     
  15. msfriendly

    June 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Kid Gone Old – I agree with you…there is a need for teachers who are creative enough and communicative enough to relate to their students as people FIRST and students SECOND! I don’t know what happens to all the “good” teachers…oh, wait…yes I do…they leave the school system before the life is sucked out of them, and what’s left is not always pretty! I have encountered teachers who should have quit like fifteen years ago! The intelligent teachers that you speak of refuse to allow themselves to be bullied my the system and treated worse than third world citizens…the American society does not respect teachers, but yet they send their MOST precious possessions to us! If the system/public is interested in retaining the quality scholars in public schools, then we need to be paid as such!!!! I think we’re worth it because I think the children are worth it! I am glad that you were, at some point in your life, under the tutelage of such a positive agent of change!

     
    • Mizz Z.

      September 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

      Mrs. Friendly,

      As my students would say “Shake dem hater’s off.” Using big words to say something dumb doesn’t make you sound more intelligent, just more stupid.

      Please continue to blog. You inspire me. I was begining to think that I am the only sane person in this universe. You remind me that there are other teachers out there trying to make a difference despite huge obsticles.

      What folks like Mr. Old don’t understand is that good teachers do the best that they can do with what they have. Its great that he had a charsmatic teacher. Not everybody is like that. So, we are just going hire the extrodinarily charamatic teachers to entertain our students and who cares whether or not they are ready for the real world, right? In the real world you have all kinds of bosses. In the classroom, you need all different kinds of teachers

       

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