“Is this gonna be on the final?”

Three students have been expelled from Bay Minette Middle School in Alabama for showing a porn film – on a DVD – in their social studies class. 

While the teacher was in the room.

One of the parents, of course, is outraged that her kid is being punished, but not the teacher.  According to the story, "…the film was played for 30 minutes while the teacher remained at her desk, her back to the class."  Excuse me?  This went on for half an hour?

If this woman's son did indeed bring this filth into school, he should, of course, be punished.  Severely.  But, if this teacher did indeed sit with her back to the class for thirty minutes while this went on, perhaps the teacher should be held partially responsible as well. 

That's putting it mildly.

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2 comments so far

  1. Blue Gal on

    And in Bible Belt Alabama, no less! I didn’t know my neighbors to the south had access to porn dvds!

    Ah, well, the news story looks like a big version of he said she said. However, I know of one situation here in Alabama where a principal showed up for his unannounced teacher evaluation and sat there for over ten minutes while the teacher (a coach) finished up a cell phone conversation with students sitting in the room. I think (and hope) he was summarily fired.

  2. David on

    It’s just mind-boggling to me that ANY teacher would think it’s a good idea to turn her/his back on a classroom full of middle-schoolers for 30 seconds, let alone longer. I really like my kids this year, however dim-bulbed they can be sometimes, but I don’t trust them as far as I can throw the lot of them, and they know it. I watch them like hawks all the time, which is why some of them can’t stand me. I’m always in their business.

    That’s what I get paid the big bucks for. I always feel better because of it.

    We have a serious cell phone policy in our district, but it’s sometimes hard to follow, or swallow. Our in-class phones do not allow direct access from the outside (not always a bad thing), which means if nobody is on the switchboard, so to speak, our calls go to voicemail. Trouble with that is that the little light that’s supposed to tell you that you have a message doesn’t always work. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all.

    When my dad passed away a few years back, they had to tell me at 10:00 in the morning, while I was at school. I was glad someone was on the job that day. For now, my cell phone is on, all the time, whether the bosses like it or not.


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