Utah gym teacher cited for allegedly slamming student against wall

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  • Elsleuth Valencia, Ca
    May 22, 2019 4:32 p.m.

    It appears the school has a problem with discipline. When students swear or threaten teachers there needs to be a strategy in place to deal with the problem and support the teacher. Letting students abuse a teacher is not okay.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2019 8:07 a.m.

    Unfortunately Mr. Chidester over-reacted to the situation. However, it appears that he and many other teachers may be the victims of bullying, verbal and physical harassment on the part of students in the schools where they teach.

    If in fact students as Mr. Chidester reported have subjected him to threats of physical harm, "teased that his is powerless" and "mocked" him in the classroom perhaps there is a bigger problem that needs to be assessed?

    As a parent and a citizen, I believe there may be a need for more recources that teachers can pursue when students act out in such unacceptable ways. If not, who is going to be willing to teach these misbehaving adolescents? For what a public school teacher is paid, is it worth being harrassed and humiliated by their students?

    I hope this incident will trigger a broader discussion by school and community leaders as well as discussions around the dinner table by families with regards to the importance of showning respect and appropriate behavior in the classroom.