Firing a good teacher for one act of so-called “public humiliation” doesn’t seem particularly fair. It is very difficult to tame a student who is actively making the lives of other students unbearable. Whilst I wouldn’t have tackled the problem in that way, I hardly see it as a sackable offense:
A beloved Ohio elementary school teacher has been fired for ‘public humiliation’ after she said she asked a child to consider how his bullying was affecting his peers.
Nicole LeMire approached the boy last month after she said she learned he was blowing mucus on other children, using inappropriate language and had pushed another boy to the ground.
LeMire said she merely asked the boy ‘Do you know how your actions and your words are hurting other students and your friends?’ she told NBC 4i.
She was placed on paid administrative leave at Glen Oak Elementary School, in Delaware County, just days later and was told she was under investigation for ‘publicly humiliating’ a student.
LeMire was fired with a 3-1 vote on Thursday at an Olentangy Schools board meeting that was packed with her supporters.
The board’s official resolution claimed that LeMire had asked her class to take turns discussing how the student in question, referred to as ‘Student A’, had ‘acted badly, violated rules, or insulted them, and/or why Student A was annoying or had no friends’.
‘Ms LeMire required Student A to listen to classmates’ complaints and refused to allow him to respond or defend himself against potentially embellished complaints’, the resolution said.
During the three-hour board meeting a number of fellow teachers and students, past and present, spoke in defense of LeMire, who has been teaching for 14 years.
Marsha Seymour, LeMire’s friend and colleague, called her a ‘natural-born educator’.
‘She truly has the child’s best interest in mind, no matter what,’ she said.
One student said LeMire was ‘the most impactful teacher that I’ve had’.
After the vote was announced many students, and even parents, were left in tears.
One father yelled at the board, ‘You are fired. Every one of you’, while a mother comforted her daughter with a kiss on the head.
Another mother screamed at the board, ‘You won’t even support the good teachers, that’s disgusting. I’m embarrassed to live in this district.’
LeMire said she has hired a lawyer and plans to pursue legal action.
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