Clutch My Pearls
Yesterday, I had a spirited conversation with one of my Twitter followers about the Spring Valley High incident. While we both agree the cop, Ben Fields, was wrong, she took issue with me for speaking on the behavior of the student. Watch the horrific video that made me clutch my pearls and we’ll talk after…
Why Was The Cop Called In The First Place?
I was mortified after watching. What’s equally disturbing to me was the lack of reaction from the students and teacher. The teacher just stood there and let it happen. Did you notice? Here’s the back story; the teacher asked the student repeatedly to stop texting and put her phone away. She repeatedly refused and that is when the teacher called the cop into the classroom. Whoopi Goldberg and the gang discussed this on The View and Whoopi asked a great question, “Why was a cop called in the first place?” I’d like an answer to that question too. Why wasn’t a school administrator called? Raven Symone’s comments sent people over the edge. They were along the lines of her commentary about Watermelondria. She said, “The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone. There’s no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm; that’s ridiculous, but at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school. First of all, why are there cellphones in school? This shouldn’t even be a problem to begin with, and he shouldn’t have been acting like that on top of it.”
What You Doin On Instagram?
She continued, “He was actually sued for false arrest, excessive force and battery in 2007 after a couple accused him of manhandling them. He has a record, and he’s still hired. But at the same time, get off yo’ phone. You are in school, get off yo’ phone. What you doin’ on Instagram?” Her co-host Paula Faris also chimed in and said, “Its get off your phone but it doesn’t seem that young people have that respect for authority and I think a lot of it comes from the home. If the parents aren’t demanding respect, if the parents aren’t bringing their kids up right, they expect the teachers and they expect the administrators to instill values. That’s your job as parents okay!”
It’s A Frustrating Battle
Paula sounds like my mother when she was a teacher in NYC. She used to come home daily and talk about how bad the kids were; they don’t listen, teachers have to be parents, counselors, therapists, advisors, ministers, mentors and everything else to students but if they cross the line into parent or any of those other roles to get the classroom/students under control, their job is at stake. It’s a frustrating battle many teachers face. My sister has been a teacher in NYC for 27 years. A girlfriend is a teacher in Atlanta for the past 15 years. Another girlfriend has been teaching in NYC for 25 years. My brother is also a teacher in NYC. Each and every one of them can tell you the battles they face in the classroom. Their hands are tied!
Doesn’t Have A Home
Today I learned the 16-year-old girl in question doesn’t have a home. She’s actually an orphan being cared for by the foster care system. I’m not surprised by that at all. I’m sure the majority of students at her school are in the same boat which is why cops are present on the school grounds. One of the things I said to my Twitter follower yesterday in our conversation was who’s raising her? Who’s teaching her how to behave in the classroom? The answer to that is no one and that is an issue that needs to be discussed.
All Hell Could Break Loose At Any Moment
My girlfriend in Atlanta and I talked about this and I commend her for still being a teacher after all she’s seen and goes through on a daily basis. She works at a school that keeps cops on the grounds because all hell could break loose at any moment. She says, “The kids are bad Chase! They don’t listen!” Many of her students are in the same boat as this 16-year-old girl; being raised by grandma, in and out of the foster care system or raising themselves.
Dippin It Low In The Club
Too many black kids today are being raised by grandma. Grandma used to be of grandma age; 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and up. Today, grandma is in her 20’s and 30’s still dippin’ it low in the club. When does she have time to raise a child? I bet most of the kids in that school are raising themselves. That’s a problem! Now let me say this again before you all throw shoes at me; Ben Fields was wrong! He should not have used such excessive force. He needs to have his head examined. Clearly he’s got some bottled up rage. With that said, we wouldn’t be having this conversation if she would’ve listened to her teacher and put away her phone.
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