“There were a few days that I was scared to go to school.”
Stacey Sawyer taught 8th grade in Cape Coral, FL. Taught is the key word.
Sawyer, 55, quit her job in June due to student violence and the fact that they hardly ever face punishment.
From The New York Post:
“It was getting to the point that it was scary. There were a few days that I was scared to go to school,” Stacey Sawyer, a former 8th-grade teacher from Cape Coral, Florida, told The Post.
The veteran teacher, 55, quit last June, she said, after student misbehavior spiraled out of control following the pandemic: Fights regularly broke out, ending with teachers hit and punched, and one student allegedly hospitalized after being slammed on the ground.
“Even though I ran a really tight classroom, the disrespect just skyrocketed. Probably 75% of my time was dealing with discipline,” Sawyer said. “The stress of it was just too much. I even hated just driving down the road to school. I didn’t want to go anymore”
Sawyer taught for 30 years.
Student behavior problems began before the COVID pandemic, but those involved in schools said the shutdowns escalated the problem:
A 2022 survey by the National Center for Education Statistics found 84% of public school administrators said the pandemic degraded student behavior.
And 70% of teachers, principals and district administrators agreed the problem is only getting worse in an April survey by EdWeek.
Those are awful statistics.
But can you blame them?
New York City educators defended the students who rioted at Hillcrest High School, terrorizing a pro-Israel teacher into hiding in a closet:
But speaking at a press conference at the school on November 27, Schools Chancellor David Banks, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and student leaders rejected the charges, even as they denounced the incident and said some students would be suspended over it.
“So many of the students who were running or jumping had no idea what was even going on. They were doing what 14- and 15-year-olds do,” Banks said. “The notion that this place is radical, these kids are radicalized and antisemitic, is the height of irresponsibility.”
After the riot, Mayor Eric Adams announced that the city’s “Project Pivot teams will begin outreach with students at Hillcrest to ensure they understand why this behavior was unacceptable.”
No one holds the kids accountable.
“Now, now, Joey. That was not nice. Don’t do it again!”
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