The Teacher, The Toilet, And Signature Significance

In Little Rock, Arkansas, Ashley Murry’s 5-year-old son told her that after a toilet clogged following his use of it, his teacher ordered him stick his hand in the toilet and remove his feces and the dirty tissue. Murry’s son is a kindergartener at Crystal Hill Elementary School. The mother reacted to his report by filing a complaint with the school, pulling him out of the class, and posting the story on social media.

The Pulaski County Special School District began “an investigation” while the teacher was put on administrative leave. The teacher attempted to patch things up by calling Murry and saying that she knew she was wrong. She also explained to the principal that she was only trying to teach the child not to use too much toilet paper so that the school toilets wouldn’t get stopped up.

See? Her intentions were good! Nonetheless, the child’s mother says the teacher needs to be fired, because “you don’t treat kids like this.”

Observations:

1. This isn’t a question of whether what the teacher did, if true, was wrong. Of course it was wrong. So wrong, in fact, that if the teacher admits that she had the child serve as a human plumber’s tool, no investigation should be necessary. The teacher should be fired. I’d like to see her prosecuted.

2. Nor does it matter one whit that the teacher now concedes that she was out of line. Hey, good for you, you trained professional who is entrusted with the welfare of young children! You figured out after the fact that abusing a 5-year-old is not, upon reflection, a good idea, and all by yourself, too!

3. No, in this case the key question of “What’s going on here?” has a clear and obvious answer. What is going on is that the school has hired at least one individual who is untrustworthy to be a teacher, just as the teaching certification system has allowed a dangerous incompetent and ethics ignoramus to pass through its ranks.

4. For this is signature significance. No teacher who would even consider treating a 5-year-old like this, even once, should be allowed in a classroom. Such conduct means that such a teacher has the kind of wretched judgement and lack of caring that might just as easily have her daring students to juggle chainsaws.

5. The remaining question is whether a school system that employs such a teacher can or should be trusted. The burden is on administrators to show this was an aberration. If I were a parent, I would not give such a school a second chance….

6. …especially since local station KATV-TV reports …

The mother of another Crystal Hill Elementary School kindergartener said the same thing happened to her daughter under a different teacher in the fall. The girl used too much toilet paper and was asked to pull it out with her bare hands, according to her mother. She contacted the school district who told her there would be an investigation.

“This is a common occurrence at this school it seems,” that mother told the station.

7. What the hell???

8. Yeah, it is looking more and more like that school, and the entire system, should be razed and salt sowed in the ground where the buildings stood.

17 thoughts on “The Teacher, The Toilet, And Signature Significance

  1. Apparently, this story is just getting started:

    On Wednesday, PCSSD Superintendent Charles McNulty released a statement to local station THV11 acknowledging that the incident has roots in deeper issues.

    “Systemic racism, classism, sexism ― they play a part of our daily lives, and sometimes these events overshadow who we are and who we need to be,” McNulty said. “Over the past three years, PCSSD has taken extensive steps to enhance equity and excellence across the district. Our professional staff continues to mirror our communities and the many cultures that thrive in our schools.”

    jvb

    • Is that what he’s doing? Because it sounds to me like word salad with no clear connection to what would lead multiple teachers to force small children to manually unclog toilets.

      • He seems to be suggesting that this has happened because they enhanced the diversity of the faculty and made them reflect the communities and cultures that think children should unplug toilets with their bare hands. If you have a problem with it, you are a racist Nazi.

      • Wow he just went on and on while making no sense. I’m not sure how this is an educator.

        “For those who want to take advantage of these experiences in order to create cultural power or dehumanize other individuals, that is not how justice is served. Justice is about the humanity that we bring each and every day,” McNulty adds. “We have a leadership team that looks like our community with powerful voices, speaking for all. We will do what is right for our students, but we will not forget our humanity.”

        Just paragraph after paragraph with NOTHING approaching the issue of teacher training/competence. It’s like a union rep wrote it. And for all the blathering about systemic racism, I can’t find any story that names the race of the teacher involved.

  2. Mathematically, it seems improbable to the point of impossibility that this happened twice at the same school by mere chance. Which leaves two possible explanations:

    1. Someone in charge has instructed these teachers to remedy this situation in this fashion. This seems unlikely, as the teacher would almost certainly raise this in her defense immediately.

    2. The second teacher heard about the first incident, and thought it was a good enough idea to implement herself when the occasion arose. This is so much worse than if she just thought it up on the spot and didn’t think it through. It would imply that both her conscious and unconscious minds had plenty of time to ruminate on this punishment, and she still failed to come up with a single reason (from a list of dozens!) why it was a terrible idea. There is something terribly wrong with this person.

  3. There’s so many other questions that are raised by this as well – like why does the school have such shoddy toilets that this can happen regularly (this is literally the reason so many public restrooms rely on high pressure flushes, and low ply tp)? Where are the janitors (probably instigating the teachers to find this solution)? How did the first reported instance not result in a very public firing and “this is not acceptable” statement from the school (a too strong union)? What would teachers who think like this do if they observed bullying happening (nothing)? What would a school’s discipline for bullies look like, if they’ve allowed this to be done by their teachers (suspend the student who’s been bullied, probably)?

    Yeah, their school board needs to fire everyone in an oversight position and start again.

    • “this is not acceptable” statement from the school (a too strong union)?

      One of the greatest lines in the modern incarnation of the Simpsons addresses this topic.

      After the untimely death of Mrs. Krabappel, the unfireable worst teacher in the district is assigned by lottery to Bart Simpson’s class. Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers both cross themselves and ask God to have mercy on their souls.

      Long story short, Bart follows the teacher to Burning Man and pisses him off. The teacher in turn ties him to the eponymous wicker man just before it is about to be burned. Just as the match is struck, the scene cuts to a ceremony, where Chalmers gives Bart an award for helping do the impossible, “Firing a public school teacher”.

  4. Pulaski County is the most Democrat county in the state; Biden took 60% of the 2020 vote. As in many centers of Democrat power, incompetence abounds. (Of course, this incident is reflective of a lack of HUMAN incompetence not confined to teaching ability.) This school district has a graduation rate of less than 60%. I would bet my stimulus check that a competent investigation would reveal a lot more teacher incompetence and administrative ineptitude systemwide, usually swept under the rug. In any event, this should be a wakeup call to concerned parents, as if more evidence was needed to sound the alarm about the state of public education generally.

  5. Here’s the worst of it, since the occasional sadist teacher may in fact slip through and can/will be fired. But the School District said: “Systemic racism, classism, sexism ― they play a part of our daily lives, and sometimes these events overshadow who we are and who we need to be,” McNulty said. “Over the past three years, PCSSD has taken extensive steps to enhance equity and excellence across the district. Our professional staff continues to mirror our communities and the many cultures that thrive in our schools.”

    This does not bode well (understatement). Since when do “professional staff continue to mirror our communities… “Systemic racism, classism, sexism – they play a part in our daily lives…staff continues to mirror our communities…:

    Since when? Is this a mandate for public school systems? This is a non-apology: it is worse, admitting your teachers are racist, classist and sexist? Close down the school system there; sue the crap out of the district and the state, home school your children, and do not, do not let either the actions or the “explanations” stand. I despair. Home schooling with a good tutor and the California achievement tests are the only way I can see to save the psyches of our children.

  6. Good Heavens, what the heck does racism and sexism have to do with this incident at all? This is teacher incompetence, hands down. What, exactly, are teachers learning in college that this could happen?

    Would this teacher have hesitated at all at calling a little girl “him”? Would this teacher have blindly taught the narrative that North and South America were paradisiacal places where Native Americans lived in a peaceful communist utopia until white people came along? Would this teacher have given partial credit for a 2+2=5 answer?

    Where are we, as a society, headed when a teacher doesn’t think twice about making fun of students on social media, calling the police over a pop-tart shaped like a gun or making a five-year old handle his own bodily waste?

  7. “Since when do “professional staff continue to mirror our communities…”

    Almost never.

    I live in a community that is disproportionately First Nations, and our management team is very aware of how white and how male we are. We’re not going to do something as functionally suicidal as put a stop on hiring white people or men, but if a qualified FN person applied, they’d be given more than a fair shake.

    We recently had to hire an agronomist, while not a management position it is a very well paid professional position, and it requires a degree. Those last five words basically ended the possibility of a First Nations hire. I’m not saying they’re unintelligent, I’m not saying they aren’t hard working, but it’s an objective fact that they are disproportionately uneducated. There’s always the possibility that a FN person could put themselves through agricultural sciences, and again, more than a fair shake if they did, but there’s literally no chance that we would ever hire a person to mix tens of thousands of dollars in chemical to put on tens of thousands of dollars of fertilizer and seed with machinery that costs millions of dollars without specific credentials saying they can do so. Not only would it be financially stupid, it would be dangerous.

    Which is why, in my opinion, representation isn’t mainly a racism problem, or if it is, it isn’t a hiring level business racism problem, particularly at higher levels. So long as minority education lags behind other demographics, it should not surprise anyone that positions requiring credentials disproportionately go to the educated demographics. And the answer to that probably should not be a lowering of standards. We can look at the standards and see if they make sense, but in this case, agronomists are basically chemists, they’re dealing with all kinds of compounds, and not only do they have to worry about the effects on crops, they have to worry about the effects of mixing compounds: Will this reaction create a noxious gas? Will this light on fire? Will this explode?

    Representation is, at heart, an education problem. And from top to bottom, education is disproportionately staffed, run, and managed by leftists. If they spent a fraction of the time actually building their students skills that they did telling them that they’ll never amount to anything because the man has his knee on their neck, this problem would be alleviated. But their currency is oppression, not attainment.

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