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Dec 21 2011

On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

my school gave to me… FIVEEEEE SUSPENSIONS.

Yep. That’s right. Over the last three days of school, five of my students have been suspended.

(Profanity to follow)

1. For calling a girl a whore and kicking her in the stomach during support.

2. For calling a girl a nappy headed bitch and hitting her upside the head during support.

3. For punching me.

4. For running the halls and riding the elevator and refusing to listen to authority.

5. For hitting me, kicking lockers, running the halls and disrupting the class.

Now, my school, like many schools, do not suspend students often. The students are usually sent back to our classrooms with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. I also understand that if a child is not in the classroom, they cannot learn. However, I just cannot understand how we allow abusive, destructive students roam the halls and stay in the classroom when they threaten the education of the other 20 students in the class. You finally reach those 20 other students to become productive scholars, and the behavior of 5 students causes such chaos and disaster. You’ve tried phone calls, behavior plans, counselors… EVERYTHING, and nothing seems to work. The other students just have to suffer. You explain to those students just ignore, but they are only eight, and they try but cannot. They suffer.

Well, at least tomorrow’s holiday party will be a nice treat and with limited behavior problems. 1.5 instructional days left!

2 Responses

  1. Linda Moberg

    I worked for the Madison Cty Schools, Madison, Toney and Harvest, AL. I know exactly what you are talking about. I worked for them from ’88-’98. I worked the last 8 yrs at Sparkman HS and was lucky enough to have the support of teachers, coaches that were teaching and my principal and asst principals. They backed me with parents and guardians and they did suspend for fighting, pushing and discipline problems if they did not stop after being talked to and maybe even given detention. Today it is even worse and they wonder why they have teachers that don’t give a damn! I loved teaching, although I was a sub, but I worked every day. I miss it, but don’t know if I could handle the way things have gotten in the past 11 yrs. God bless our teachers, support teams and principals.

  2. Kurt (Community Manager)

    Congratulations! You post has been featured on the Teach For Us homepage.

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