There’s a lot You Can’t Do in Ten Days

A teacher is caught bullying a 13-year old boy. The punishment: a ten day sabbatical!

What is the point of a ten day suspension? What can be achieved by such a useless consequence?

Ten days wont fix the scars of the bullied teen, it wont restore confidence in students, parents or colleagues, it wont provide the teacher with enough time to learn new strategies and it wont deter other teachers from doing the same.

This shocking video shows the moment a Washington middle school teacher allegedly joined bullies in beating a 13-year-old boy to the ground and physically abusing him.

Shot by a fellow student, the disturbing footage begins with the boy being dragged across a classroom floor by his arms and legs, a sock stuffed in his mouth.

One of the bullies can be heard giggling and yelling ‘pull his pants down’ to a chorus of laughter from the others.

Students sit around watching, some visibly entertained, not one of them stepping in to help as the boy cowers on the floor.

But what’s more shocking to the boys devastated mother, Karla Kinney, is that the teacher, John Rosi, stands idly by and is even seen getting stuck in himself.Rosi, an 18-year classroom veteran was suspended from his post for 10 days in an agreement that allowed him to avoid losing his job.

 

So let’s measure the level of rehabilitation that this meagre punishment has produced:

In a letter to investigators Rosi said he did not consider the incident to be bullying.

‘I can honestly say that at the time I did not believe that any of the children were at risk of harm during their interactions.

‘Nor did I view the incident as anything more than harmless childhood horseplay,’ he wrote. 

Welcome back Mr. Rosi!

 

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