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BULLYING: Teacher should have been fired

Letter by Gordon R. Anderson, Allyn on Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm with 13 Comments »
August 29, 2012 3:19 pm

Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).

The incident at Kopachuck Middle School further emphasizes the breakdown of our educational system.

A video of the teacher allowing, and even participating, in the bullying of  student is an outrageous example. Then to further add to the outrage, the school district handed down a measly 10-day suspension and allowed the offending teacher to work at another school. At the very least, the teacher should have been fired, and the principal and superintendent severely reprimanded.

Everyone involved, from the teacher to the superintendent, are being paid by the taxpayers to do a job they’re not doing. We are then asked, again and again, for more money to pay the salaries of people who not only mishandle an appalling incident like this, but actually take part in bullying a student instead of protecting him.

The most important aspect of this whole story, though, is the long-range emotional impact these actions will have on this student’s life.

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. SandHills says:

    Especially after the teacher stated that he will take this as a “learning experience”. And after 14 years as a teacher he needed to learn only now his actions were wrong?

    He needs a new profession – but he will probably end up down the road in one of those 6 figure admin positions in a school district….

  2. surething says:

    Somewhat mind blowing.

  3. The power of the State Teachers Union.

    Vote down all levies for a few years to teach these pirates a lesson.

  4. cclngthr says:

    Schools, (which I said in my letter) typically accept bullying students by wanting to get rid of those who are different.

  5. lylelaws says:

    Why wasn’t the situation reported when it happened?

    Even if the boy in question had agreed ahead of time to go along with the actions as just a joke of some sort, it should have never occured,

    And, if it was a spontaneous happening that he didn’t agree to do, I would probably have been under police investigation after I had confronted the teacher, and I taught school for nearly thirty years.

  6. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    In no other profession are workers so insulated from accountability. Time to end that is now.

    Saying that bad employees should be fired usually isn’t controversial. In almost any occupation, people who fail to meet expectations are fired. It would be absurd to argue that we shouldn’t fire bad doctors, pilots, plumbers, or waiters. And yet it is controversial to say that bad teachers should be fired.

    SO we end up with a circle the wagon attitude from teachers, their unions, principles, superintendents, and school boards themselves. But parents continue to agree to increase their taxes to fund the status quo. Nothing will change until you change. Demand the resignation of the principle, superintendent and every school board member of the Peninsula School District.

    Clean house and start over with leaders that will fire bad teachers.

  7. cclngthr says:

    lylelaws,

    The answer to your question is simple. Bullying is an acceptable part of school and society because society wants people to look, and act identical to each other.

    Bullying also is not part of mandatory reporting regulations; which the PCSO is investigating why this is the case.

  8. LeePHilI says:

    “taxedenoughintacoma says:
    Aug. 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm In no other profession are workers so insulated from accountability. Time to end that is now.”

    Oh, I don’t know. We had a President of the United States who lead us into a war for no good reason that emptied our bank books, while he stuck deals with oil companies that made them richer than ever.

    The teacher, should and will be disciplined or terminated, but let’s not pretend that there are elected officials that have gotten away with much worse.

    Deal with this issue for what it is and don’t try to blanket all teachers and administrators.

  9. bobcat1a says:

    IQof 8, why do you blame the union? They didn’t hire the teacher and can’t fire the teacher. You let ideology trump reason.

  10. spotted1 says:

    Good teachers don’t do this type of behavior nor do they tolerate it in their buildings. The teachers union is not the person who made the decision for discipline in this case. The district did. Place the blame where it belongs. Good schools do have bullying occur, but they do what they can to stop it when the learn of it.

    As far as litigation, I do hope the family sues. Not just the teacher/district, but every child in that class who had a part in it and who held a camera to what was happening. Every one of them should pay for their part and to the full extent of the law.

  11. commoncents says:

    I find it ironic that people jump on the “hard to fire a teacher” bandwagon when there are numerous studies, papers, books, and anectdotal evidence out there that show that management’s inability to fire bad employees runs across the spectrum in every industry. This is the fault of management – not the employee. The employee is guilty of being a bad employee. There are rules in place to rid the company of a bad employee but they are not followed. Why? People dislike confrontation and everything in the termination process involves confrontation. Also to blame….statements like “teachers are insulated from accountability” and “unions protect teachers and they are impossible to fire” and “teachers have tenure and are protected.” ALL MYTHS!!! But you folks continue to perpetuate the myth and thus add to the problem because poor managers can then fall back onto this statement and avoid the documenation effort and avoid the confrontation. Your statements are doing a disservice to your cause.

  12. Only LeePHill could make a political issue of this incident by trying to contrast the actions of a school teacher to elected officials. I have never sent my kids to be taught by an elected official. I have never sent my kids to be in the care of an elected official. This teacher has some serious issues that need to be dealt with. He does not belong in a position where he has control over other people’s children. The union will support this guy because that’s all they are really concerned about. I agree with with taxedenoughintacoma. Stop giving our money to support an institution that has failed in it’s mission.

  13. averageJose says:

    Why wasn’t he fired???

    tenure

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