3rd Graders Perform Sex Act in the Classroom Without Being Noticed

Whilst I can’t understand why a teacher wouldn’t have spotted their students performing oral sex in the classroom, I don’t think that the teacher’s role in this story is the critical one. What I want to know is how on earth do 8 year olds end up behaving like that in the first place?

An unnamed teacher at Tallulah Elementary School in Tallulah, Louisiana has been fired from her job as a teacher for not noticing two third graders engaged in oral sex underneath a table, according to the local News Star.

District Superintendent Lisa Wilmore made it clear to the paper that the teacher was fired because the incident occurred on her watch.

Wilmore said, according to the News-Star,

“The principal felt that she was not monitoring the classroom adequately. The principal made a decision, and I supported the principal. We have to make sure we have people in these classrooms who are monitoring our students.”

The district of Tallulah has been dealing with several problems this year.  Recently another teacher was placed on leave for a substance abuse problem.

The School District also announced that while the two children are going through counseling they are not going to be disciplined or have their studies hurt.

Both teacher dismissals were part of what Wilmore is calling her program of “Changing the culture” in the school district.

It doesn’t matter how many teachers that school fires, they won’t come close to changing the culture of the school without investigating the behaviour of their students. What are these children exposed to at home? Are these kids exposed to pornographic material? Did they now what they were doing? What are their parents’ role in this incident?
It is not enough to focus on the teacher. Yes, the teacher could have prevented it from happening by being more alert. Yes, teachers who don’t notice major incidents under their watch have some serious questions to answer. But that should never prevent the school from investigating the reasons behind the incident and find out what caused their students to act that way.
Sacking teachers in the name of an improved school culture is useless when third grade children feel the need to engage in sex acts and seemingly nothing is done about it.

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3 Responses to “3rd Graders Perform Sex Act in the Classroom Without Being Noticed”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    Changing the culture!!!??? I’ll say the culture needs to change. Sacking teachers doesn’t even come near it. In my experience the fish always rots from the head. That school district may be in a difficult demographic area. Nevertheless such an incident indicates to me a serious systemic problem. Systemic problems in an organisation are never the fault of individual workers. They are fairly and squarely the fault of those who have control over the system, namely management. Do parents play a role? Where did the children learn such behaviour? Even so what led the children to believe it was ok to perform such acts in a classroom?

  2. makethea Says:

    Reblogged this on makethea.

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