I’m sorry! Wrong video.
What I meant to put up was this…
This was a student cell phone video of the fight that broke out, in class, in front of students, at Stone Mountain Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, last week. The combatants were a teacher and a paraprofessional, both of whom have been fired and arrested.
After the fight was finally broken up, students say school officials came into the classroom, went through their cell phones and made them delete any evidence of it.
“Nobody apologized they just came in and were like who videotaped this and stuff like that,” a student said. “I think they were trying to push it under the rug so nobody would know about it and the school’s reputation wouldn’t be messed up.”
The school issued the usual statements—you can guess what it said, the usual boilerplate about such conduct being unacceptable and not comporting with the school system’s values. I don’t care what it said. Nobody is sure what the fight was about: I don’t care about that either.
What I want to know is the starting point for most ethics analysis: What’s going on here?…or in this case, what the HELL is going on here?
- I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before. Has it happened before? How can it happen?
How can a school system employ one, never mind two, alleged educational professionals who would be any more likely to behave this way than they would wear an armadillo for a hat?
- Can the reaching profession, especially in the public schools, nurture any worse professional standards? This is the fabled public school system that Betsy DeVos is called a menace for wanting to over-haul?
I know that it is only one incident, but just as the United Airlines abuse of a passenger it had no right to bump signals that the airline industry’s service standards are spiraling out of control, this horrific display in the Stone Mountain Middle School suggests a sick culture in and outside of education.
- On my local news channel, they told us that the two pugilists were suspended but were still employed “pending an investigation,” which made me laugh out loud. How about watching the video? Nevertheless, there needs to be an investigation—of the school, the administration, recruitment and hiring practices, management and oversight, the culture of the school system, and more, like where do women in the teaching profession learn to throw punches like that?
Well, from teachers, parents and role models like them, I guess.