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A Georgia middle school teacher and her aide were recorded brawling with each other in front of a classroom full of students.

On May 19, the knock-down, drag-out incident recorded on cell phone video by a student and has gone viral ever since then.

The clip featured Stone Middle School and noted a staff member shoving a female at the front of the classroom.

Then what’s presumably a second staff member, was seen jumping in to the female’s defence.

This is the exact time when the two staff members begin going at it.

The video shows full-on hair-pulling, bodies slamming into blackboards, and frightened students screaming for them to stop.

A local new source reported that the fight broke out during Field Day activities.

Brittany Randolph-Johnson, an eighth-grade teacher, and Milan Etheridge, a special education paraprofessional who was seen assisting Randolph-Johnson in the video, were both charged with disorderly conduct and went sent to jail and were later released on bond.

It is to be noted, a student spoke to a local news reported and mentioned that the pair had in fact been arguing about a “male teacher.”

Parents were furious at what had happened.

Valerie Stewart, a parent said, “They couldn’t have waited until school was out? Mature adults? And then talk about it after kids were out of the classroom?” she asked WSB.

Although, Stewart’s daughter, Madison Hall, a student at Stone Mountain, didn’t witness the fight. However, when she heard about it Hall noted that she “couldn’t believe it. Like, I thought it was kids fighting, and then found out it was teachers. It was just bad.”

Making things even more interesting, students mentioned that school officials later went through their cell phones and ordered them to delete all and every evidence of the fight.

“Nobody apologized,” a student said.

“They just came in and were like, ‘Who videotaped this?’ and stuff like that. I think they were trying to push it under the rug so nobody would know about it and the school’s reputation wouldn’t be messed up.”

On the other hand, DeKalb County School District went on to say that they are completely unaware of an incident where the schools staff went through student cell phones.

Nevertheless, one video safely made it to the internet.

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Next time keep your freedoms to yourself!

Professor Paul Griffiths, 61, who teaches Catholic theology at Duke Divinity School has resigned after facing action for calling an anti-racism program “intellectually flaccid.”

Griffiths reportedly made some controversial comments, as revealed by a published string of emails that began in February, when Duke’s administration called the faculty to participate in racial equity training.

An associate professor of Old Testament, Anathea Portier-Young was noted saying that those who have never taken a course like this before, described it as transformative, powerful, and life-changing.” She said she believes “it will have great dividends for our community.”

Griffiths, on the other hand, had an entirely different view. On his email that went out to all faculty members, he described the training as a waste of time.

“I exhort you not to attend this training,” Griffiths wrote in his email on Feb. 6. “Don’t lay [sic] waste your time by doing so. It’ll be, I predict with confidence, intellectually flaccid: there’ll be bromides, clichés, and amen-corner rah-rahs in plenty.”

“When (if) it gets beyond that, its illiberal roots and totalitarian tendencies will show,” he continued. “Events of this sort are definitively anti-intellectual.”

A few hours later, the school’s dean Elaine Heat reprimanded Griffiths for such strong criticism of the training in an open forum. In her email, Dean Heath wrote: ““It is inappropriate and unprofessional to use mass emails to make disparaging statements — including arguments ad hominem — in order to humiliate or undermine individual colleagues or groups of colleagues with whom we disagree.”

“The use of mass emails to express racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry is offensive and unacceptable, especially in a Christian institution,” she added.

As per the email exchange the two had, Heath requested a meeting with Griffiths. However, the two failed to agree on the conditions of the sit-down and thus, it never quite happened.

In his emails, Griffiths had claimed that “intellectual freedom — freedom to speak and write without fear of discipline and punishment — is under pressure at Duke Divinity these days.”

He went on to express that he had been a subject of two separate disciplinary proceedings.

“Duke Divinity is now a place in which too many thoughts can’t be spoken and too many disagreements remain veiled because of fear,” the professor wrote. “I commend a renunciation of fear-based discipline to those who deploy and advocate it, and its replacement with confidence in speech.”

Thomas Pfau, a member of the Duke Divinity School faculty for 26 years further emphasized on Griffith’s point, by writing in his email that he is “fundamentally in agreement” with Griffith and that a school is an “intellectual asylum.”

“Any academic unit, DDS included, can only flourish if differences of opinion on any variety of subjects are respected and engaged on their intrinsic merits,” Pfau wrote. “Having reviewed Paul Griffiths’ note several times, I find nothing in it that could even remotely be said to ‘express racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.’

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Hands up don't shoot. No . . . wait, let me figure this out.

A 16-year-old freshman at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast Washington was arrested after he allegedly posted a threat against the school and students. Police said they arrested the ninth-grade student after he posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “school shooter” and two gun emoji.

The Metropolitan Police Department said the teenager would be charged as a juvenile after they found guns at his residence. Police officers say they were alerted by the school administration and after searching his home, found firearms, but they do not believe he planned to attack the school.

While the police has said that there were several social media posts by the student, they did not disclose their contents.

District of Columbia Public Schools issued the following statement on the incident.

“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Following security and emergency protocols, DCPS immediately notified the Metropolitan Police Department. This threat was taken very seriously, was quickly resolved with minimal disruption, and is being treated as an isolated incident. We continue to work with proper authorities in monitoring these types of social media postings, and we will remain vigilant in maintaining student and staff safety.”

Principal of Eastern High School, Sah Brow, sent a letter to students and their families on Monday:

“Dear Eastern High School Community,

At Eastern, we highly value and are committed to fostering a learning environment where students feel safe and secure. We are also committed to maintaining transparency with our school community concerning security issues.

This morning, the administration was made aware of a possible threat through social media which referenced our school.

Following security and emergency protocols, we immediately notified Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), School Security, and School Operations. While this threat is concerning and was taken very seriously, it was quickly resolved with minimal disruption and is being treated as an isolated incident. Please know, all students and staff remained safe throughout this process. We continue to work with proper authorities, in monitoring these types social media postings, and we will remain vigilant in maintaining our students and staff safety.

Parents/Guardians, I encourage you to partner with me and discuss the importance of the safe and responsible use of social media with your children. We also encourage students that if they see any material online perceived to be threatening or unsafe, they should immediately report their concerns to a trusted adult, for example, a teacher, counselor, principal, or school resource officer. In this way, we are all working together to keep our school community safe.

I feel very fortunate to have a well-trained and aware staff that handled this situation quickly and appropriately. I also want to thank our MPD, School Security and School Operations partners for their quick response in ensuring the safety of our school community.

Your child’s safety remains my top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.”

Some parents, however, were not satisfied with the way the situation was handled and said they should have been alerted earlier in the day when the threat was discovered.

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While teachers across the national are literally under attack by unruly youth, a Kansas City educator, Chris Cobb, was forced to resign after a student accused the teacher of 17 years of making racist statements.

The alleged statements including telling his black students that ,”0 years ago, they weren’t considered human” and that “white were superior to blacks.”

Reading between the lines of the statements that were conveyed through black youth, it is clear that this was a lesson that went far over the heads of the students.

Cobb, a former Peace Corps volunteer who lived in Africa released the following statement to a local news organization:

While the county school board accepted Cobb’s resignation, it was not effective until the end of the year . . . which set off parents who showed up at the school board meeting to shout down the board members for over three hours.

Was Cobb given a fair chance to defend himself or should students hold power over teachers with claims of racism? Comment below.

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An Orange Coast College professor decided to go on a rant about Donald Trump recently and it was all caught on video.

“Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” the human sexuality teacher told her class.

See the entire video below.

Now the student that posted the video is being threatened to take it down and even with expulsion.

The teacher, Olga Perez Stable Cox is currently under investigation by the college, but there are no reports of her losing her job or being on any kind of suspension.

Instead the attacks are being aimed at the student who posted the video.

The professor’s union stepped in and posted a warning on their Facebook page. “This is an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor. The student will be identified and may be facing legal action.”

Too bad for the teacher’s union, the video has already gotten out and is quickly starting to go viral.

The union bosses don’t intimidate the young Republican that posted the video.

Josh Recalde-Martinez said, “They wanted it to be known so that maybe we would get scared and take down the video. But to the union I want to say we are not gonna be doing that.”

Martinez called the lesson “indoctrination” and said that the professor has drifted away from “education”.

This story is developing and Martinez could be find himself in some trouble, but not as much trouble all those students are in when they realize their professors are not being honest with them.

Do you think universities need more or less professors like the one in the video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Funding for the nation’s struggling public schools is at an all-time low yet the Obama administration has found the resources to create a new school district in the vast prison system to improve inmate literacy.

It’s part of a broader prison reform effort to help convicts reintegrate into society after serving their sentence and the timing couldn’t be worse, as the country’s public education system suffers through drastic budget cuts, dismal student performance and teacher shortages.

Nevertheless, the U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, appears to be more concerned with the low literacy rates of convicted felons. Last month he called for more high-quality education programs for the nation’s 1.5 million prisoners as children across the country fail to meet basic academic goals.

King has urged states to dedicate expanded resources to “shrink achievement gaps, equip prisoners with skills and credentials to find meaningful employment and support successful reentry.” King was inspired by a recent study that revealed literacy and numeracy skills among incarcerated adults are far weaker than those of average U.S. adults.

More than half of adult prisoners lack the basic skills necessary for pursuing higher education, securing a job or participating fully in society, the study also found.
Weeks later the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it was launching a new school district in the nation’s federal prison system.

To justify the expense, the agency cited unspecified “research” that shows inmates who participate in correctional education programs have 43% lower odds of returning to prison than those who do not.

Furthermore, this so-called research also says that every dollar spent on prison education saves four to five dollars on the cost of re-incarceration, the DOJ asserts. So, the Bureau of Prisons is building a semi-autonomous school district within the federal prison system, which will offer literacy programs, high school diplomas and a free, taxpayer-funded college education.

A school superintendent has been hired and the new prison school district should be up and running shortly. “Helping incarcerated individuals prepare for life after prison is not just sound public policy; it is a moral imperative,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a statement announcing several prison reform measures.
In the meantime, the country’s elementary and secondary schools are receiving much less funding per student than before the Great Recession, according to government figures published by a nonpartisan research and policy institute.

The cuts weaken schools’ capacity to develop the intelligence and creativity of the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs, the research group asserts. “As common sense suggests, money matters for educational outcomes.

For instance, poor children who attend better-funded schools are more likely to complete high school and have higher earnings and lower poverty rates in adulthood.”

A multitude of news reports across the nation have for years documented huge funding cuts for public schools all over the U.S., including remote districts in Wyoming and Oklahoma to large ones in California and Texas.

The new prison school district appears to be the grand finale of Obama’s commitment to create a “fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reducing recidivism and combating the impact of mass incarceration on communities.”

The latest education announcement proclaims that key to meeting those goals has been providing incarcerated individuals with access to education and training, which is proven to reduce future contact with the justice system and improve employment and self-sufficiency.

In recent years the Education Department, which was created by Jimmy Carter, also launched a program to help inmates get a free college education so they can find jobs and turn their lives around after leaving prison.

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bad-teacher

Parents of students attending Encinal High School in Alameda, a California town located just east of San Francisco, are demanding that the school fire a teacher responsible for sending their kids home with a disturbing extra credit assignment.

That assignment was to go home, find sex toys and condoms in their parents’ private drawers and to take “selfie” photos of what they find.

School officials, said they could not comment the incident involving Wing-Wah Leung, a math teacher, because of the ongoing investigation. It is alleged that Leung asked members of his 10th grade sophomore class to complete the assignment to receive extra credit on their final grades.

Two mothers, Kimberly Cobene and Evangeline Garcia, heard about the sex toy assignment from a counselor at an afterschool program that their daughters attended.

“It was to go into your parents’ private drawers or whatever to seek out sexual toys or condoms, or anything of that nature and to take a selfie with it…” “From what I understand, a student actually did it and he used that as an example of what it should look like for the other students,” Cobene said.

School officials suggested that the assignment may have been a joke but parents expressed doubt that the assignment was a joke. Garcia said:

“If the kids took it as a joke, then why did one kid take it serious and actually did the extra credit work, and was shown as an example in class?”

“We don’t feel comfortable with our children in his presence. All they could tell us is that, ‘Oh, this is an HR issue. It’s being investigated.’ They are not at liberty to tell me anything other than that. It’s kinda been the runaround.”

In response to the feeling that the school district was stalling, Alameda Unified School District spokeswoman Susan Davis said:

“Student safety is of utmost priority to us, but under state law and board policy we cannot reveal details into an investigation of an employee.”

With regard to the incident, Davis said:

“That is the story that is being told, I can’t give you a lot of details. We do take these allegations seriously, so when our site administrators, meaning the administrators at Encinal High School heard this story they immediately reported to it to district office here and that’s exactly how it should have happened.

That’s our protocol. That’s our policy.

Unfortunately, while I know that the public and parents would really like to hear more details, we have to keep the details of the investigation confidential…”

School district officials sent students home with a letter explaining why officials are being vague about the incident saying:

“Both the law and board policy require AUSD to keep details of this situation confidential. And this is done both to protect all parties involved and also to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation.”

The moms want the district to fire the teacher. “If the school and the district doesn’t protect them (the children), I will. I will,” Cobene said.

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