Racially charged altercation in middle school parking lot, teacher placed on leave

A minor car accident in one Pennsylvania middle school parking lot Thursday morning turned ugly when a teacher decided to make it about race, verbally attacking a parent of one of the students at the school.

In the video posted by the parent on Facebook, the white female teacher, Renee Greeley, who is blurred and unnamed, can be heard shouting, “You’re probably on welfare” and “That’s right, because you’re black, always looking to milk the system.” at an incredulous and understandably defensive African American man, Rasheed Needley, who refuses to stoop to her level. As she waddles to and from her apparently-damaged truck, she takes the opportunity to call him the n-word at least twice, and then pretend to come at him, as if she were going to make the altercation physical.

She has since been placed on “administrative leave” (which in most cases is paid), and the district apologized and assured the public that this teacher’s racist behavior is no way indicative of the school or district. The parent was grateful to the school district for the way it handled the incident, but one has to wonder how many children were on the receiving end of this teacher’s comments prior to her suspension.

The Superintendent of Schools for Upper Darby School District, in which Drexel Hill middle school resides, issued this statement Thursday evening:

Good Evening Upper Darby School District Community:

This is the Superintendent of Schools, Daniel P. McGarry. Tonight, I am calling to address the deeply troubling news and video that is circulating on social media.

Upper Darby School District has investigated an incident in which a teacher in one of our middle schools made racially charged remarks to a parent of a student who attends the school. The Principal of Drexel Hill Middle School contacted central office when he was made aware of the exchange. I met with the parent to review and discuss the incident. The parent reported that during morning drop off on Oct. 10, 2019, he and a teacher were involved in a car accident in the parking lot of Drexel Hill Middle School and that the teacher proceeded to make several racial and other derogatory remarks to him. The video of this incident has been posted to Facebook.

We took this report very seriously. As a result of the investigation, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. We intend to vigorously address this issue.

Upper Darby School District does not condone or tolerate inappropriate conduct or speech associated with hate, racism, discrimination or intolerance of any kind. The deeply troubling comments and actions of this teacher are not indicative of the hundreds of outstanding teachers working in our schools each and every day. We are a District of over 12,500 students and a community of over 82,000 residents from over 60 countries, with over 70 different home languages. We are a community of many cultures and backgrounds, and we value our diversity. It strengthens us. Through the work we are doing around our Deep Equity Initiative, we will continue to challenge assumptions about the potential of the families whose children we serve and continue to increase access, opportunity, inclusion and support for all of our students.

The behavior, language, and treatment of one of our parents are not in keeping with our expectations of our teachers and staff. The comments and actions made by this teacher do not align with our core beliefs of Opportunity, Unity, and Excellence.

We will be working with our District’s Deep Equity Team to develop ways to reflect on this incident with staff across the District.

The original video, posted by the parent, is below:

Drexel Hill Middle School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, serves 1,254 students in grades 6-8. It is well below the state average in math proficiency, and closer to average for reading and science. Fifty-eight percent of the student population is white, 30% is black. Forty-nine percent of the students are from low-income households.

Drexel Hill Middle School teacher on administrative leave after racially-charged altercation with parent

Upper Darby School District – Drexel Hill Middle School

Drexel Hill Middle School – GreatSchools

Teacher forces student to wipe off Ash Wednesday cross

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Bountiful, Utah, situated less than a half hour north of Salt Lake City, is the state’s 15th largest city. Its residents primarily belong to a Christian sect known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and are often collectively referred to as Mormons. There was, however, no Christian understanding for a fourth grade boy who was forced by his teacher to wipe off his Ash Wednesday cross yesterday.

“I’m Catholic. It’s the first day of Lent. It’s Ash Wednesday,” William McLeod told his friends when they asked what was on his forehead. As one of the few observant Catholics at Valley View Elementary in Bountiful, McLeod said he was the only one who came to school that day with ashes. Apparently, it was too much for his classroom teacher, who later approached him and asked him to remove the religious symbol. He tried to explain his reasons for keeping it, to no avail. McLeod informed his family when he returned home, and they approached the teacher, citing the boy’s First Amendment rights (which are notoriously infringed upon in public schools). The teacher claimed to have never read the Constitution.

Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams apologized, as did the unnamed teacher – the latter, with a handwritten note and candy (interesting to note: many Catholics give up something for the 40 days of Lent, and candy is a common sacrifice). The teacher may face disciplinary action.

If schools in a conservative state like Utah can’t seem to honor people’s religious beliefs (especially when those beliefs are Christian), what hope do more liberal states have? The pressure to keep schools as secular as possible (though, some will argue, the push has more to do with keeping Christianity out of schools, not other religions) has some teachers acting in ways they might not otherwise have thought wise.

Utah teacher forced student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross on forehead, family says

Utah teacher forced student to wash Ash Wednesday cross off his forehead

 

Middle school students threaten to shoot teacher and her family

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A teacher is sleeping a little easier tonight now two of her students at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay, Florida were arrested Sunday after they threatened, via Instagram, to kill her and her children on Valentine’s Day. The news comes as Florida mourns the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

 

The victim, a 36-year-old teacher who by many accounts is beloved by her students, was told “You and your children are next on Valentine’s Day for making my life I’m finna kill all yo family and shoot up yo bitch ass school.”  They also brought to her attention a picture of her infant daughter. The woman, fearing for her life and that of her family, contacted police, who were able to trace the bogus social media account account (appropriately-named, and very indicative of the young children who created it, “Southwood School Shooter”) and arrest a 13-year-old child, who then implicated his 12-year-old friend as an accomplice. Both boys confessed and were charged with Aggravated Stalking and Written Threats To Kill or do Bodily Injury and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following statement through their Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho:

“Recent arrests of students for hoax social media threats demonstrate clearly and unequivocally that Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a zero-tolerance policy related to this type of activity. Parents and students must understand that any threat – real or fabricated – to schools and students is a serious matter. It is unacceptable and those involved in such activity will be prosecuted. Prank and hoax threats made against a school are counterproductive to the life-saving work of law enforcement and compromise the safety of everyone.”

Televised interviews show parents who seem content to believe that the district has done enough to keep their children safe, and that they do an adequate job of communicating all of the potential threats in their schools to families. Some believe it’s not that serious because it’s “most likely” just a hoax, anyway.

DCPS states they’ve received 60 threats to their schools in 2019, and 12 of them have resulted in arrests.

Southwood Middle School is the site of a fatal stabbing that took place in 2004, when Michael Hernandez murdered classmate Jaime Gough, earning him a life sentence. Both victim and perpetrator were 14.

Today, the school boasts a positive report on GoodSchools.Org, with above average test scores in the state for both reading and math, as well as a decent representation of ethnicities among the student population. Southwood serves approximately 1500 students in grades 6 through 8.

2 Southwood Middle School students accused of threatening to shoot teacher

Two Southwood Middle School Students Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Up School, Kill Teacher

Southwood Middle Students Threaten to Kill Teacher on Valentine’s Day

Press Release – Hoax Threat to M-DCPS School Results in Arrests

‘You and your children are next on Valentine’s Day.’ Boys threaten teacher, police say.

(2016 article) Student who stabbed classmate to death at Southwood Middle returns to court for sentencing

Southwood Middle School Center for the Arts

GreatSchools.Org – Southwood Middle School

New Jersey Teacher Spoils Santa

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We all know substitute teachers aren’t always held to the same “impeccably high” standards other teachers supposedly are. But when one of them doesn’t have the common sense to keep mum about Santa Claus in a room full of six-year-olds, you have to start doubting the entire system.

In what’s being called a “personnel matter,” an unnamed substitute teacher debunked other holiday creatures in the first grade classroom, including the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Elf on the Shelf.

Principal Michael Raj sent out a letter to parents, informing them of a situation they probably already knew about, given the talkative nature of first graders, but the damage had already been done. Distressed mother Lisa Simek wrote on Facebook that the teacher “tried to crush” her 6-year-old’s spirit.

No matter where you stand on the issue of the belief in mythical creatures among children, or the “magic” of the holidays, one thing we can all agree on is that teachers should not be the ones to choose when, where, and how to explain sensitive issues to children. This particular teacher may have been dismissed, but you can be sure there are countless others who are doing parents’ jobs for them, every single school day. I hope the anger and frustration felt by the parents of these children won’t be forgotten in 5 years when little Billy comes home knowing precisely how anal sex works, or explaining the finer points of gun control or amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Cedar Hill Elementary is located in Montville Township, NJ and has won a 2016 award for “National School of Character.” It serves approximately 400 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Teacher who spoiled Santa will not return to school

Sub Spoils Santa (and Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy) for First-Graders

Substitute teacher tells first grade students Santa isn’t real

Cedar Hill Elementary School

Teacher accused of sexting with student

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A high school English teacher in New Jersey is in trouble after being accused of sending nude pictures to and engaging sexually explicit conversations with a 17-year-old male student.

According to Somerset County Police, 29-year-old Michelina Aichele, of Hillsborough, was arrested October 5 and charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She’s currently in Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing. She has been suspended from her job at Montgomery Township High School (where she makes roughly $70,000 a year) since October 4 – and as we’ve seen before, there’s a good chance it’s a “paid suspension,” pending the outcome of the investigation. Of course, we should be grateful there *is* an investigation, as we also know how many allegations are swept under the rug, instead.

Montgomery High School teacher accused of sending nude photos, sexual messages to student

Minnesota teacher tweets about killing Brett Kavanaugh

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No matter where you stand on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court debate, I’d hope you wouldn’t be calling for anyone’s death (although death threats have unfortunately been reported from both sides). Still worse, of course, would be to think that your own child’s teacher would advocate for the murder of someone else.

An unnamed special education teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave following a now-deleted (but still immortal, because this *is* the internet, after all) tweet alluding to the killing of now-Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, Saturday evening after his swearing in. Said female teacher was listed as an instructor at Intermediate School District 917’s Alliance Education Center, in Rosemount, Minnesota.

District superintendent Mark Zuzek issued this statement via the district website:

October 8, 2018,

Over the weekend, the district has received a complaint regarding an employee.  The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter. 

Mark A. Zuzek

Superintendent

As no criminal charges have been filed, the instructor’s name has not been released, though some news sources report it as Samantha Ness.

The tweet in question read: “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”

She then followed up the tweet with, ““Brett kavanaugh will be dealing with death threats for the rest of his life being on the Supreme Court. I doubt my mid-west ass is a real threat.” Classy.

The district website also defines itself as follows: “District 917 serves students needing low incidence special education services from our member school districts in the southeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.” Mark Zuzek confirmed they have had to deal with many parent complaints since the incident was reported.

The district’s Facebook page has since received countless comments calling for the immediate firing of Ness, but this is pretty much impossible, because of those oh-so-necessary teacher’s unions that protect even the most despicable of humanity.

Alliance Education Center provides services through the SUN program (Students with Unique Needs) for those between the ages of 5 and 21, serving those with: “Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and other disabilities as appropriate.”

What’s that about your children’s teachers being great examples and espousing only the highest morals and values? Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the death threats.

Rosemont educator on leave after tweeting ‘kill Kavanaugh’

Samantha Ness: Teacher Accused of Threatening to Kill Kavanaugh

Students with Unique Needs (SUN) – Intermediate School District #917

Abusive teachers, repeat offenders

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“Although abusive teachers make up only a fraction of 1% of the nation’s teaching corps, USA TODAY found dozens of teachers who lost one job after being accused of abusive behavior and had no trouble getting hired somewhere else.”

We all want to believe “our schools” are different, that it’s only in “other schools” that these things happen. But the truth is that they happen everywhere. Do you want to gamble with your child’s well being, and possibly his life?

Teachers who sexually abuse students still find classroom jobs