Texas high school chivalry assignment an exercise in misogyny

In an age of cancel culture, where anything can be deemed offensive and virtually erased from the public consciousness, one wonders how this assignment ever made it past the initial idea phase of one high school English teacher in Texas.

Even if this assignment (seen below, originally posted by @BrandiDAddison via Twitter) had any actual aim other than to shock and entertain, one would expect to see it in a History classroom, and not an English one. Perhaps even more surprising, the tone-deaf teacher apparently had used this assignment in at least one year previous, allowing students the option to refuse participation, if they objected to the content.

More than a class project at Shallowater High School, the “rules” contained in this assignment were to be strictly followed all day, throughout school, and even at home. Members of the opposite sex could essentially grade them on their success. Oddly enough, this assignment was designed by a female English teacher.

While male students are expected to open doors, pull out chairs, and compose themselves cleanly and respectfully, with no foul language, female students are told to “obey any reasonable request of a male” and also to dress enticingly, clean up after the boys, and bring them treats. The disparity is apparent if these students are following these rules throughout the school day: while the boys may just be seen as nice and well-behaved, the girls would undoubtedly be judged in a very different light.

After Addison posted the offending documents on Twitter the assignment was removed from the school due to public outcry, though some critics still insist, “How else will we learn about how life was like for women in the 1300’s?” I guess we should remember that next time a History class begins a unit on slavery, then?

Shallowater High School in Shallowater, Texas, serves approximately 450 students in grades 9-12. Sixty-six percent of students are white, with the remainder mostly Hispanic. It boasts a 100% 4-year graduation rate and excellent college readiness scores.

Brandi D Addison (Twitter)

Texas school scraps chivalry assignment that had girls ‘obey any reasonable request of a male’ (NBC News)

Shallowater High School (GreatSchools)

Teacher gets 8 years in prison for sexually assaulting up to 88 first graders

We’re told that teachers undergo rigorous training and extensive background checks before being admitted to their sacred profession, and that those that somehow slip through the cracks are just talented actors and scam artists who managed to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes and convince them they are normal and decent and actually committed to educating and helping your children.

We don’t know much about John Austin Hopkins’s background; only that he was hired by Springboro Community City Schools, not for his glowing credentials, but because he was friends with teachers and administrators at Clearcreek Elementary School in Springboro, Ohio. This was what is alleged by a class action federal lawsuit filed by the attorney representing twelve first grade girls at the school. The suit claims that during the 2018-2019 school year Hopkins, 26, a physical education teacher at the school, actually installed a doorbell on the door to the school gymnasium, which he locked, in order to sexually assault the girls in the class. The doorbell was to let him know if school personnel were attempting to enter, so he could quickly cover it all up, so to speak.

The above-named federal suit is still pending, but another case against Hopkins was recently heard, naming at least 27 victims (some parents allege there are as many as 88). After deliberating 11 hours, the jury delivered a conviction on 34 of 36 counts of gross sexual imposition. Hopkins was given just 8 years in prison, but it’s doubtful he’ll see even half of them before being released. For what it’s worth (all of nothing) he apologized to the victims’ families for his actions. “Clearly I have things to work on,” Hopkins said. “I will make the best out of any situation.” Very contrite. And he certainly made the best out of some situations, now didn’t he?

After prison, Hopkins will be required to report as a sex offender for 25 years.

Hopkins’s mother insists they’ll appeal his meager sentence, because heaven forbid her son have to pay for his actions.

Clearcreek Elementary School in Springboro, Ohio, serves approximately 900 students in grades PreK through 1. Ninety-three percent of students are white.

Ex-Springboro teacher gets 8 years for sex crimes on 1st-grade girls

Ex-Springboro gym teacher sentenced to 8 years in sex crimes case involving children

Federal class-action lawsuit filed against former gym teacher, Springboro schools

Clearcreek Elementary School – GreatSchools

Former high school teacher charged with sexual crimes against six minors

image courtesy Lyon County Jail

“Sure,” proponents of public school will argue, “we have the occasional pedophile in our midst. But they offend once, we catch them, and then they’re never around children ever again! It happens!”

Enter Tyler John Bosiljevac, a former teacher at Emporia High School, in Emporia, Kansas. He was charged last week with illegal sexual activity with several minors spanning many years. Seeing as prior to his termination of employment at the school in February, he had worked within the school district for fourteen years, one wonders how high his victim count actually was.

One student complained to school administrators in February and, lo’ and behold, someone actually took the allegations seriously and dismissed Bosiljevac, who until that point taught social studies. Some of the reasons for termination include “failing to demonstrate sound professional judgement” and “violating board policy” when it comes to student safety and sexual harassment. Luckily, it didn’t end with this man’s firing, as it has at many schools before; someone managed to alert the police.

After “dozens of interviews,” with many other students over the next few months, police had more than enough to arrest the man, leveling eight charges of offenses against a whopping six minors from 2016 to 2020. Charges include such gems as “indecent liberties against a then-14-year-old” and “attempted sexual exploitation against a then-17-year-old.”

In addition to finding his victims at Emporia High School, Bosiljevac also helped direct the 2018 Kansas Future Teacher Academy through Emporia State University. The academy was held during the summer, while school was out and his standard pool of victims was cut off, because a guy has needs, dammit.

Quite possibly the worst part (and there are lots of “worst parts”) of this is that Bosiljevac has a wife and children – the youngest being only 6 years old. In the interests of their privacy (and hopefully their attempts to distance themselves as much as possible from this scumbag), we will not disclose names.

Emporia High School in Emporia, Kansas, serves approximately 1500 students in grades 9-12. While boasting a decent graduation rate and mediocre ACT scores, other standardized test scores are significantly lower than state averages. The student body is primarily white and Hispanic (Bosiljevac himself is white). About half the students qualify as low-income.

Emporia High teacher accused of sending inappropriate messages to students

Former Emporia High School teacher charged with illegal sexual activity with teens

UPDATE: Former Emporia High teacher charged with illegal sexual activity against six teens

Fall 2018 Emporia Teachers College Newsletter

Emporia High School Faculty Directory

Emporia High School – GreatSchools

High school teacher arrested for alleged sexual assault of student

A high school automotive repair instructor has been charged with felony sexual battery on a minor after a female student disclosed to police that she experienced sexual harassment and assault at his hands for the past year.

Why any student needs to exchange text messages with a teacher, and why parents weren’t aware of it is anyone’s guess, but the victim showed police exchanges on her phone which gave authorities probable cause to arrest Patrick Todd Smith, 51, of Bonneville County, Idaho. The victim alleges she was the recipient of unwanted comments, touching, hugging, and kissing from Smith, who also told her life would be “so much easier” for him if she weren’t 17. Things came to a head in May 2019 when he allegedly put his hands down her pants, after which she went home and the aforementioned text message exchange took place, where he incriminated himself by asking if she was okay, and telling her he’d knock it off (he apparently did not knock it off, as the victim claims she was harassed even more after she turned 18).

Smith groomed his students, as the victim stated to crisis workers at the Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center that he was known to push the limits of appropriate conduct in the classroom, making lewd comments and jokes with his students, and regularly crossing boundaries with unwanted touching. Things really took a turn when he got the victim alone, however.

The assault took place at Bonneville Technical Careers High School in Idaho Falls. The school has a low college readiness rate, which is to be expected as it is designed to prepare students to enter trade fields. A large percentage (80%) of the student population is male, and there is a low teacher-to-student ratio.

Prior to teaching at Technical Careers High School, Smith was a former sheriff’s deputy with Bonneville County, serving there from 2007 to 2011. He is currently on paid administrative leave at the school.

High school teacher arrested after alleged sexual assault of student

Idaho Falls high school teacher arrested for sexual assault on student

Technical Careers High School – GreatSchools