When I retired from the Army I taught high school for a year in Deerfield Beach, Florida. I went in with all the idealistic visions of making a difference, and for some that did happen. However, after one year I decided to volunteer as a civilian/military adviser to the Afghan National Army. I realized that being a high school teacher resembled being in a combat zone, and if that were the case I needed to be able to protect myself. The final straw was when I was heading to the track for practice — I was the track coach — and there were five young black boys beating down one. They had him on the ground and were kicking him in the head and body. I charged them and several ran away, except for one. That one decided to take a swing at me, and instincts kicked in from combatives training. The fella soon found himself in a front chokehold, and I remember him saying to me that he couldn’t breathe. That episode came to mind as I read this story.
As reported by Fox6Now, A confrontation between a student and a teacher–escalates to violence. A cell video records from the back of the classroom– as a 16-year-old is seen shoving his teacher. Eventually, punching him repeatedly in the head. The man falls to the ground as the teen keeps hitting him. The circumstances around the fight aren’t known. Police say the student was arrested at the school and faces possible charges of battery.
A school that’s known as the fighting cardinals–now dealing with a fight of a different kind. Police tell FOX6 the teacher’s injuries were not life threatening. Charges will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office in the coming days. Officials say the case will be presented to the Milwaukee County District Office in the coming days for possible charges of Battery to a School District Official. Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan issued the following statement on this incident: “Violence at MPS is a great concern to the community. Actions like this need criminal charges to send a message, and hold the student responsible for their reckless and dangerous behavior.”
The time has come: we must protect our teachers from the wanton violence they face daily. There needs to be an automatic charge of assault and battery for any student who attacks a teacher, and it should be a felony. The time of parents — actually one parent — taking the side of their violent and disrespectful child has to end.
I cannot tell you how many times in that year at Deerfield Beach teachers would share stories of parents taking the side of their child and putting the teacher on defense. Now, if there are bad teachers — which there are, and it’s hard to believe there’s tenure for teachers at the high school level — they should be dealt with. Teachers who are sexually abusing students should face the full punishment of the law. But, there are teachers who want to make a difference and be a positive influence in the lives of young people. Sadly, they’re restricted from doing so because they spend so much time dealing with the negative detractors and disrupters in their classroom. As well, those students who wish to learn are relegated into the corners and suffer because of the disrespectful few. If a child makes the adult decision to assault an adult, then they should suffer all the requisite consequences thereof. And that’s a message needing to be sent throughout the education system.
The question is whether or not the teachers’ unions will stand with the teachers. If they don’t, then it tells you just where their loyalties lie, as I can imagine BLM will swoop in on this situation and make the assailant in this case as a victim.
Ask yourself, would you go into an environment to work where your security wasn’t assured? I mean is it time we start declaring some of these school districts as hostile zones? And yes, I do believe that some teachers, if qualified and adequately trained, should be able to exercise their constitutional Second Amendment right at some of these schools. If t a threat assessment evidences a gang atmosphere, then yes, teachers should be able to defend themselves. Put yourself in the position of a young female teacher in one of these challenging neighborhoods walking out late at night to your vehicle after spending time in the classroom preparing for the next day’s lesson. Why shouldn’t you be able to defend yourself? In many cases the School Resource Officer (SRO), will depart the campus by 5pm.
I think those of us — my age or older — remember a time when we NEVER wanted our teacher to tell our parents — notice I said parents plural — that we’d been “bad” in class. Our parents didn’t ask any questions, they hammered us. I’d tell Sister Judith at Our Lady of Lourdes School I’d do whatever she wanted, just don’t call my parents. I’d take whatever amount of paddles, because if she told my mom and dad it would be lights out. Those days are gone it seems, and we’re allowing a generation of miscreants, violent at that, to develop. And why is this dangerous? Just look at the black clad and masked young people calling themselves Antifa — this has nothing to do with skin color; it has everything to do with engaged parenting and character.
There are many issues with our education system. We’re not teaching or educating but rather indoctrinating. We’re not developing the next generation of critical thinkers, but rather test takers. But most importantly, we’ve failed in teaching the most important lesson: respect for teachers and adults.
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]