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.
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.