You’re a white teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. You observe what looks like trouble. A group of kids is surrounding a minority student who has been a victim of bullying in the past. The aggressive kids outnumber him 5 to 1; they are lobbing insults at him, and he looks scared.
Do you. . .
a) Ignore the situation to let the kids work it out?
b) Take a stand then and there?
c) Record the incident with your mobile phone’s camera?
d) Join in, because the kids doing the bullying have parents who are outspoken and influential with the school board.
The correct answer is B & C.
You see, if you choose A, ignore the situation and let the kids work it out, you’d lose. You’ll be accused of being complicit in the humiliation of the black student. Silence means condoning. Don’t ignore the situation.
Choosing B, take a stand, sounds good. Only you’d have to take into account the five little bullies and their spin on what was happening when they tell their bigoted parents.
Choosing D, join in . . . well, that just makes you a demented sell-out.
The answer is so obvious to those of us with 20/20 hindsight. B & C–record the little sh**ts acting a-fool AND your admonishment to them on video!
If only Pam Aister, 25 year veteran teacher had thought of gathering evidence before standing up for the child. She should have calculated the fallout of her actions. She should have thought like a conniving lawyer before going to his rescue.
That’s what it has come to folks, for our public school teachers. They can’t just instruct, nurture and protect their little charges. They aren’t allowed to discipline them. Apparently they can’t even give verbal correction anymore without being at risk of losing their jobs.
Here’s the story that got me rankled. h/t: KFOR
An Arizona teacher says she was fired for defending a student who was being bullied on the playground.
Pam Aister spent 25 years as a teacher in the Fountain Hills Unified School District.
Monday, she was fired as a fourth-grade teacher after being removed from the classroom in May.
Aister said she was defending an African-American student who was being bullied by five other boys who had continually picked on him in the past.
“You belong to a zoo,’ ‘stupid head,’ ‘monkey,’ ‘crackhead,” said Malachi Gillis, remembering some of the names he was called by other students.
Gillis, 9, says he was regularly bullied since starting at Four Peaks Elementary School.
“He was being bullied and nobody was doing anything,” said Jennifer Gillis, Malachi’s mother.
Gillis said she and her son both spoke with teachers, the principal and even a playground monitor to ask for help.
“They would usually say, ‘Oh well, I’m going to let him off with a warning,” Malachi said. “Either that, or they would just ignore me.”
Malachi switched classes and was moved to Aister’s classroom, but the bullies never relented.
One day on the playground, the bullies surrounded him.
“They were all around me and they started throwing rocks,” he said.
That’s when Aister stepped in.
“[Malachi] is in my room now. He is not alone. When you pick on him, you pick on me. It is not five to one anymore. It is five to two. There will be no more taunting, teasing and racial names called. That is not acceptable here; do you understand?” Aister recalled during a special meeting on Monday.
According to a report by a district-appointed hearing officer, the mother of one of the students complained, and Aister’s behavior was found to be threatening.
The officer recommended that Aister be fired because she would not take responsibility for her misconduct.
“I am terribly disappointed,” she said. “I can’t believe they would believe lies. I hate to go out on lies.”
“That makes me beyond mad because why is she being fired for something she is supposed to do?” Jennifer Gillis asked. “She’s supposed to be standing up for the students. They didn’t like it, so it turned into her threatening the kids because she stood up for this one black child in her class.”
Other parents supported the board’s decision.
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