Student attacks teacher over getting a failing grade and then posts to Facebook.
Students Taunt, Threaten, and Antagonize a Teacher Video posted on FB on 11/3/15
On Monday, someone named Derk Brown posted a video to Facebook of teens taunting and threatening a teacher. I attempted to contact Mr. Brown however, he has not responded to my messages. According to his Twitter Page, he describes himself as a Ferguson Front Line Activists/Live Streamer. I too was curious, as many of you were if in fact the video was authentic or staged, we can only speculate however, if he is indeed a Live Streamer it may have been stage. Nevertheless, the behaviors observed are accurate in far too many classrooms in the U.S. Yet, the responses I received on my regular Facebook page were numerous and in most cases well thought out.
I asked my FBFs to provide me with five categories of what they observed in that video. The responses are listed below in the table below with a tally count. I combined like-categories so that the categories did not exceed five, except the one responder who thought the video was a poorly scripted documentary. Based on your comments I placed most remarks in a category consistent with expressed your opinion
Neglect/lack of Mental Illness Administration Political Lack of Fake Video socialization from Failure and Posturing Resources Parents to Children Teacher Lack of Parental Involvement
11111 11111 1 1111 1111 1111 111
The responses and comments were relatively consistent across the board, with the exception of the last column only one person thought the video was not real so all of this person’s tallies went in his category except one. Briefly, these numbers reflect that of the 26 responses identifying a category of the video every except for the person who did not believe the video was real 22 people indicated that the video represented students with one or more of the following:
- mental illness and/or defect: 19.2 %
- Neglect-lack of parenting: 23.0 %
- Administration/Teacher Failure 15.3 %
- Political Posturing 15.3 %
- Lack of Resources 11.5 %
- Video is a fake 15.3 %
Therefore, this mini-survey indicates that the respondents visualized that the acting out behavior was a consequence of a lack of parenting, mental wellness, school administration, and a teacher failure to manage her classroom, lack of resources in and out of either the building, as well as a political posturing or maybe even a political statement.
It is my belief that Derk Brown staged this classroom mayhem to awaken those who are clueless as to the problems both students and teachers alike are dealing with on a daily basis. While I can only infer Mr. Brown’s intent, it did indeed create a dialogue between my Facebook friends and family. I was curious as to how people would react so soon after the South Carolina incident with the young
Mr. Brown I hope your purpose was in fact to demonstrate a teacher clearly in what some might perceive as danger, others might recognize the behavior as overtly unabashedly some even accused the teacher as a failure and others were ready to “mishandle” the annoying young man.
I think your intent was to demonstrate many things included but limited to the following:
- We do not know the story of these children (one of my respondent’s assessed particular disabilities)
- Nor did we know whether the teacher was a substitute or the regular teacher?
- Was this an ESS class or Inclusion?
- Was this a regular school or a Suspension Center or Expulsion Center?
- Does she know them? Does she have a relationship with them?
- Were any other adults nearby or if so, did they are enough to ascertain what was causing the disruption?
- What about the security officer she keeps asking about where was he or she?
- Did the situation eventually deescalate itself without police intervention?
I know from experience a number of various possible outcomes could have occurred, yet many people made varied assumptions and I suspect that was the purpose of your video.
Joshua Wolff, “for all who may be unfamiliar, I used to work with Mary Anne Boissiere in a very similar, if not tougher, classroom environment than what’s shown here. Mary Anne was the best at de-escalating incredibly tense/violent/tinder box moments like this.” It is refreshing to hear from a colleague from eight years ago and it was humbly to hear his recall of how I deescalated serious moments. How did I do it then and find that the students today are even more unstable and danger lurks within school buildings.
Did I take time to know my students? Yeah, I did and there were some students I just knew they would be all right! Others, well let us just say they with a bit of luck never knew what I really thought of them, as they should not have known. It was not my job to be their friend, I have been just their teacher and I expected the basic courtesies I extended to them back to me. It worked most of the time. However, as Josh stated, we worked in environments much tougher than Mr. Brown’s video.
Yes, we all know it begins at home what we fail to realize is that “it” really begins at home. “It” being that harsh reality or nightmare many kids live. The hunger, exploitation, abuse, and parents too busy to provide them with the attention they so desperately need. Do not misunderstand me, I know there are kids who will never (sad as it may be) be SAVED or withheld from a life of crime and eventual prison or death. They know it also, so they throw M & Ms at the teacher to see if she will “rat” them out, abandon them, yell/scream/curse them. She does not, but why? Is she afraid or is this her strategy? Is it effective? How can we tell from the brief peek into their lives-in-that-moment-in-that-classroom?
So, many questions?
When students attack each other? Then what?