New Jersey Teacher Bullies Student

Outrageous

It’s a sad statement on the direction education has gone in this country.  It’s also the reason the schools don’t want your children armed with smart phones and other devices capable of recording audio or video.  This incident happened at Bankbridge Regional School in Gloucester County, N.J.  While I am sure that this guy is an aberration, you can bet that there are others like him out there.  Most of the bullying that happens in schools is from students directed at other students, but there is also intellectual bullying by teachers and administrators, and there are too many instances in which teachers simply believe they are all-powerful and have the authority to do or say anything. The school has put this teacher on administrative leave while they investigate.  My question is:  “What’s to investigate?”  I think it’s fairly clear-cut.  This New Jersey teacher should lose his job, and be forbidden from working around children for the remainder of his life:

There’s no way to excuse this behavior.  I don’t know or care what this teacher will claim what his motives had been.  This behavior needs to be followed up with a dismissal.  Frankly, the family should be filing a nice fat lawsuit.  Yes, that means the tax-payers get shafted again, but let’s be honest:  This isn’t this teacher’s first rodeo with this kind of behavior.  The administration must have known something.  There must have been other complaints.  There’s almost certain to have been some sort of official dereliction of duty in this case. Let’s not pretend otherwise.  How does a teacher remain on staff behaving like this for any period of time?

Parents and tax-payers must begin to ask questions about their local public school systems.  Many systems are very good, but some are awful, and this cannot be glossed-over.  Teachers have a special trust afforded them by parents, and by communities.  The schools that violate that trust should be dealt with accordingly.

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  • Tracy

    Parents need to be proactive in how their childrens' schools are run. If the parents do not protect their child and hold the school responsible for the bullying done by teachers there will be no justice. This is happening more and more and I almost 100% blame the parents. I agree with you on massive lawsuits. Hurt them where the money is. That is the only thing that seems to get through. These teachers need to lose their jobs and their ability to teach as a profession. As far as teachers staying on staff we can give that credit to the unions. They have to practically commit murder to be fired.

  • dnr

    The teacher should be sued PERSONALLY. When someone engages in gross misconduct, of their own volition, they are no longer acting as an "agent" of their employer. The correct response is for them to lose their job but also be financially liable for any damages. The schools may have some liability (but as you mentioned it's the taxpayer that really gets the shaft here), but shielding the individual from the consequences of their actions only encourages this to continue. The teacher can simply move on to another location, perhaps even be promoted to get rid of him, and has nothing to lose if they are never held PERSONALLY accountable.

  • mw

    It has come to the point in which all classrooms need to be monitored and complete accountability be available. When someone reports something, it can be pulled up right away to see it and there will be no disputing what happened. There can be no argueing with the truth of the matter when its presented. It woud benetit all parties concerned to have the full story and no deviations from the truth. Some victims would be afraid to record their bullies and therefore they would remain a victim of a teacher like this. If it were all recorded for review we may learn that this student constantly disrupted the classroom keeping the teacher frustrated therefore the teacher made poor judgement in acting out in this way. It would save time on investigations and false reports. Meanwhile, the teacher remains on leave with pay. Who wouldn’t love to be on leave with pay? When a person gets pay while an investigation is done and they are eventually found guilty of the crime they are accused of, they should be required to pay back every cent they collected since the day they were put on leave. This whole system just lacks common sense when employees are put on leave with pay and are allowed to keep their pay even after being found to be guilty of something that made them subject to immediate termination.

  • Gilbert Medina

    I agree, what’s to investigate? Fire him on the spot. And don’t say the school doesn’t tolerate bulling because if that had been the case the teacher would have been fired a long time ago. If the school really doesn’tt tolerate bulling, have on hand a few pen video recorders and make them available to students who make those claims to use in the classroom to record such horrible incidents. The same happened to me in elementary school with a military order giving veteran who bullied me for half an hour in front of my classmates