There is a news story about a Baltimore City Public School teacher being beaten up by one of her students while other students cheer. And, it's on YouTube.
The student should be tried as an adult and the parents(s) should also do some time.
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The trouble began, Jolita Berry said, when she asked a girl in one of her art classes at Reginald F. Lewis High School to sit down.
The student did not obey, coming closer to confront the teacher. "She said she's gonna bang me," Berry said. "I said, 'Back up, you're in my space. If you hit me, I'm gonna defend myself.'"
But Berry, who is 30 and started her job teaching art at the Northeast Baltimore school in December, did not defend herself. The girl caught the teacher off guard as other students cheered her on and screamed, "Hit her!"
"She just started beating on me relentlessly," Berry said, recalling the Friday morning incident that left her with a sore shoulder and a broken blood vessel in her eye.
Kids cheered. All of the kids who cheered and encouraged that girl should be charged with inciting a riot.
And the real sickening part is the behavior of the principal.
Part of the public outrage stemmed from how Berry said her principal responded to the incident. She said the principal told her she'd provoked the attack by telling the student she would defend herself.
"That principal might need to be disciplined because no teacher should be disrespected in the classroom," Dixon said at a morning news conference. While teachers also have to respect students, the mayor said, the principal's response "is unfair to that teacher."
Berry was also frustrated that the principal did not remove the student from the school immediately. As she left the school Friday to go to a medical clinic, Berry said, she had to pass by the girl, bragging to her friends about what she'd done.
I know why the principal didn't do anything and it has to do with NCLB. Schools are not only penalized by the poor academic performance of schools, but also on how "dangerous" the school is. This provides yet another perverse incentive. Instead of reporting crimes, the principals don't report it or downgrade the incident so it doesn't count against the school.