Who is Going to Stand Up For Bullied Teachers?

No student would ever dare spike a teacher’s drink if they felt the likely consequences outweighed the enjoyment factor.

I will gladly stick up for children in most cases, but when it comes to assaults or intimidation against teachers or fellow students I draw the line. Teachers must be supported and treated with respect from top down. Any student found spiking a teacher’s drink (depending on the child’s age) has no place in that classroom … ever!

A North Carolina teacher says her student “spiked her coffee with butt-enhancing pills.”

According to WBTV, 61-year-old Ellen Vick, a teacher at Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C., told police Monday that a student put a “butt-enhancing” drug in her coffee during class.

Investigators say the drug was “GluteBoost,” a supplement that claims to plump up one’s derriere.

As WCNC notes: “One month’s supply with of GluteBoost sells for $50 on the company’s website. The pills [claim to] use “natural supplements that will enhance your butt size.

Police are reportedly still investigating the incident, and there have not been any arrests. The student, however, is said to have been “disciplined according to the district code of conduct,” WBTV reports.

This is not the first time that a student has gotten into hot water for spiking a teacher’s beverage.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, three eighth-graders reportedly spiked a teacher’s soft drink with Germ-X hand sanitizer in 2008.

And last May, a high school student in California allegedly “slipped dry erase cleaning fluid and bleach into her teacher’s coffee mug when she wasn’t looking,” NBC News reports.

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One Response to “Who is Going to Stand Up For Bullied Teachers?”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    There are still children who love their teachers and would never dream of doing them harm. There are children who have no particular feelings about their teachers and would never dream of doing them harm. I have met students who would take the slightest opportunity to punch, kick or gouge their teachers and who would think nothing of spitting in their drink or damaging their car.

    I am lucky. In nearly all classrooms I enter I have immediate rapport with students, regardless of age, Prep to grade 12. But I have a profound respect for the children I work with. They range across the spectrum in terms of intellectual ability and physical ability. Their mental and physical characteristics, to a great extent, they were born with. As they have grown and developed and interacted with other people, these characteristics are modified, behaviours change, interests change. For the most part interactions between children and their teachers are positive.

    There is a change, however, that takes place in children that is not what people expect or plan for, but which seems to me happens.

    Little children, preppies, are full of optimism and enthusiasm. By about grade 2 they begin to notice differences between each other. Some begin to read earlier. Some can solve problems quicker. Some develop a great sense of humour. Some have a remarkable turn of phrase. My 5 year old grandson was heard to tell his younger brother, “Silver (female dog) has to stay locked in the yard and can’t come out to play with us because she is on fire.”

    As children begin to notice the differences they also pick up on value judgments about such differences. The value judgments tend more to originate with adults than with children. By grade 2 children begin to avoid learning tasks and activities that they find difficult. Not because of the difficulty. It didn’t stop them in Prep. The avoidance has its roots in negative value judgments. Already the child has learned that getting the answer right is the most important thing in the world. Standardised testing does nothing to allay this misunderstanding.

    As time goes on children become increasingly less enthusiastic and by the time they reach junior high school the aversion to learning is endemic. It’s all an unpleasant chore.

    A well trained teacher will be able, not only to read his/her students and understand their interests and abilities, but will be able to create a syllabus in such a way as to continually fire the students’ imaginations and creativity. But it’s not going to happen. Most syllabuses are mandated by the state and inspired more by politics than by education and by what we know about how children grow and develop.

    The child that says the dog is on fire is demonstrating creativity. He couldn’t remember the exact word used so he used one that would fit the bill.

    I think schools are killing creativity. So does Prof. Sir Ken Robinson.
    Check him out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY.

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