Can We All Agree That Teachers Who Threaten Students Should Be Fired?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by CoinOKC, Sep 28, 2022.

  1. CoinOKC

    CoinOKC T R U M P - 2 0 2 4

    Should this asshat be handed his walking papers? My opinion is that no time should be wasted kicking him to the curb. Students should be able to attend school without being threatened by their teachers. The sooner this clown is sent packing, the better.

    What say you?

    Rhode Island pro-equity teacher sent 'threatening' email to student vocal against 'de-leveling': parents

    The Rhode Island parents said, 'This type of threatening and intimidating language is never a good idea'

    September 28, 2022

    A Rhode Island teacher sent an email which contained "threatening" language to a student amid his activism against "de-leveling," according to parents who spoke out in a local paper.

    "De-leveling" is an equity agenda the Barrington, Rhode Island, district implemented which removed some honors and conceptual classes for students with special educational needs. The move enraged parents enough to generate community activism against the change.

    "When you first read… the email it appears that he is trying to say that [name redacted] did something criminal," the parents said.

    Barrington High School teacher Kevin Blanchard told the student in an April email to "watch your back" and accused the student active against de-leveling of "invading my classroom space" with "methods that verge on the criminal," according to the article.

    "I do take offense to you invading my classroom space. Your passion is noted but your methods verge on the criminal," the email said, according to the local paper. "Hope you have a good weekend and watch your back."

    Fox News Digital reached out to Blanchard for comment but did not receive a response.


    "A teacher in a position of power was using this type of language with a student and he was foolish enough to put it in an email… This type of threatening and intimidating language is never a good idea," the parents' article said.

    The subject of Blanchard's email was "Survey and announcement." Days earlier, the Barrington student spoke out against de-leveling at a school board meeting and organized a feedback survey for his classmates on their views on the "de-leveling" equity agenda, the article said.

    The Van Ness family said they requested the removal of their son from Blanchard's high school English class after the email was sent.

    "We want to know what Mr. Blanchard's punishment would be, if any. [Principal] Hurley told us that he could not tell us because it was a personal matter," the article said.

    Fox News Digital asked the district whether any action was taken regarding the incident but did not receive a response.

    Blanchard, who was also head of the English department, supported implementing de-leveling in the district, according to emails from a public record request reviewed by Fox News Digital.

    De-leveling, or a system of universal learning, was first implemented in Barrington for the most vulnerable students—the students with learning disabilities and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

    "If you have an opportunity tonight, could you please share with me your thoughts on how these tools may best serve our students' UDL (universal design for learning) needs… your ‘seal of approval’ would be certainly welcome for my goals," the English teacher said in an email to Katie Novak, a consultant the school district hired to help implement an equity agenda, in September 2020.

    In February 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school removed some conceptual classes. On the whole, parents of children in those classes were reluctant to speak out because they ran the risk of "outing" their child as having a disability or needing special accommodation.

    A mom whose daughter attended the removed conceptual classes previously told Fox News Digital that de-leveling has caused her daughter's grades to decline. The mother requested anonymity in order to protect her daughter's identity.

    "I don't think I would ever be a fan of de-leveling, but the timing [to implement it during COVID] is what makes it very suspicious to me. So it just felt like it was an easy way for them to get their agenda through without pushback because people were so busy dealing with other stuff," she told Fox News Digital.

    Blanchard also suggested in an email that the school should bring "de-leveling" beyond the English department and to other classes, such as "social studies and science."

    Bill Jacobson, a long-time Barrington resident and founder of Legal Insurrection, said, "De-leveling is part of an agenda of equalizing outcomes."

    "This equal-results approach stems from critical race theory and diversity, equity and inclusion, which posit that unequal outcomes are the result of systemic bias and discrimination. ‘Equity’ in particular is the codeword for bringing high achievers down to equalize outcomes," Jacobson said. "'Equity' has become an unhealthy obsession, and parents are seeing the impact."
  2. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    I support the Rule of Law, The Constitution, and Free Speech. This issue deserves a review of same.

    I would think any reasonable person would agree that the teacher should be arrested.
  3. JoeNation

    JoeNation The ReichWing Abuser

    Abusive teachers certainly exist. My daughter-in-law is an elementary school teacher and she recently was asked to mentor a teacher sent from another district. This teacher was basically dumped on the school because she was not only abusive to her students, she also singled out minorities for extra harassment. And she wasn't shy about using racist language in the classroom.

    They managed to fire this woman finally. This type of personality is quite rare but we are dealing with the human race, a national teacher shortage, and a pandemic that has kids acting in ways they have never behaved before. It's the perfect storm.

    We should be doing everything we can to help schools during this unprecedented upheaval if we care about our kids at all. Teachers have all that they can handle right now and many are simply walking away. It is an extremely tough job right now. Kids are falling through the cracks because the system itself is cracking under the stress of everything they have had to deal with from the pandemic to school shootings. It doesn't get any harder than this. They need all of our support right now. And if some teachers can't handle the stress, they need to go.
  4. CoinOKC

    CoinOKC T R U M P - 2 0 2 4

    Good post, actually.

    I would also concur if we were talking about law enforcement. Many police officers today are dealing with unprecedented stress. It is an extremely difficult time to be a police officer. They also deserve all of our support, but if they can’t handle the stress then maybe law enforcement isn’t the career for them.
  5. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    De-fund the teachers.
  6. CoinOKC

    CoinOKC T R U M P - 2 0 2 4

    LOL! Good one!

    I believe in defunding teachers as much as I believe in defunding the police…. Which is zero.

    There are bad cops and there are bad teachers. The solution is to replace the bad ones with good ones and increase the funding for both.
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  7. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    Precisely sir….. Precisely.
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  8. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    Teachers who threaten

    students should be
    required to teach
    inmates in prison.
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  9. JoeNation

    JoeNation The ReichWing Abuser

    You can't actually penalize people for doing their jobs badly by making them work in prisons. I think we are still the United States and not Russia, right?
  10. CoinOKC

    CoinOKC T R U M P - 2 0 2 4

    Yes, the criminal justice system certainly CAN penalize them if a judge/jury finds a person guilty of the crime of threatening a child. I believe this is the scenario @toughcoins was referring to (please correct me if I’m wrong, toughcoins).

    Or the school district could offer the teacher a choice of being fired or teach in a prison for a specific time. Not required, but perhaps a good choice for the teacher.

    Or, once fired, a teacher could be offered the opportunity to teach in a prison for a specific time as a requirement for re-employment in the education field.

    In addition to these options, however, the teacher should be required to attend anger management courses and counseling before he or she is allowed to set foot in another classroom.
  11. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    Some sense of humor you have . . .
  12. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    We are discussing symptoms of the same problem we have with media. It is the job of the media to report facts. Not to cloud those facts with a personal agenda…… Similarly, we pay teachers to educate. Or more appropriately to teach young minds how to learn. The teachers agenda should remain in that persons living room when they walk out the door to go to work…… The internet has given everyone a voice. Witness this post… Those that care about my opinion can read it here. On the other hand we send these kids into a classroom and they are under duress to their teachers will… And opinion. And yes, the teachers that abuse that should be tarred and feathered.
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  13. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    I agree with all of the above except that I don't think the teachers should have to leave their opinions behind on the way out of their homes . . . just going into the schools.
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  14. What U ignore

    What U ignore Well-Known Member

    When I went to school, things were different. Teachers ruled with rulers. Bless those nuns and jesuits. My classmates 60th Reunion turned out pretty good. All sucessful (excluding several killed during the war). Even some judges, Generals, one the head of a South American country and another was a long time Democrat Senator.

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