Teachers and discipline
When Blount County schools (sic) officials asked for help Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office provided a show of force at William Blount High School with more than 50 uniformed and plain clothes officers on the scene after threats of “bodily harm” were made against some students.
Sheriff James Berrong said he and Blount County Schools Director Alvin Hord are taking “a proactive instead of reactive approach” to the situation.
Investigators are pursuing “all leads and information regarding racially motivated threats and graffiti made by students against other students at the high school,” according to a press release.
Honestly, involving the police over threats of violence? Back when I was in school, they never called police. See, our teachers in the 1980s had something teachers today don’t have. They’re called balls. I recall one incident in high school where the assistant principal intervened in a student dispute. A student then punched the assistant principle right in the face. The assistant principle looked the student in the eye, without flinching, and said If that’s all you got, son, you better sit down now. And he sat down.
Heck, I worked in a juvenile prison for a while right out of college. We had no guns, no tear gas, nothing at all like that. All we had were padded rooms and some mechanical restraints, both of which required three days of paperwork to authorize the use of so they were no use at all. Still, we never called the police even when we had full on riots. We did it ourselves. And these were violent criminals.
Teachers are too quick to call the police these days. Kid has a knife, call the cops. Kid has a BB gun, dial 911. Call the five-0 because some kid has over the counter drugs. I guess they’re so damn scared of another Columbine that they don’t want to take chances.
Here’s a newsflash for the teachers, you are expected to maintain discipline at the school. It’s your job. Do your job or go home. Sitting down isn’t an option.
Update: Bubba notes in comments:
But according to the details starting to emerge, the problem has been brewing for several weeks. They donít say what specific event(s) triggered the law enforcement response, but there was apparently a list with specific names, more than one case of racist grafitti, in one case mentioning a specific date.
So when you have named targets and specific threats and a date, seems like something you have to take seriously. Even if you didnít care about the kids on the list, think of the schoolís liability if it turned out to be a real threat.
I suppose, in the event that targets are that specific, the school is probably justified for involving the law.