I got tackled in class today

posted 2 weeks ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

timonandpumba :  I’m not here to help you be fair or compassionate, unless we’re talking about 5-year-olds.  I’m here to tell you you should have fucking called the police.  

That is so unacceptable I don’t know what else to say.  Skip all the school disciplinary bullshit.  Those little animals should be carted off by the cops – let the cops figure out what to say to their parents.

We teach people how to treat us, and you’re definitely teaching them!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

what she said ^

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m baffled that you didn’t get campus security involved. I could not stay at a school that left me high and dry when I was literally physically assaulted by students. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Maybe I’m crazy, and I don’t know how old these students are, but I don’t generally feel that police should be involved when it comes to kids. The school should be handling this much more seriously, and I think all of the students involved should get the same punishment regardless of showing some remorse– what they did was totally unacceptable, and I don’t think an apology note is necessarily sufficient to count for much in this situation.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

The fact that they tackled you should be enough to get police involved, what they did is assault and should NOT be tolerated. I would let the justice system worry about being compassionate for their horrible behavior. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

So there is a disciplanary hearing on Monday then? 

Are you the one who decides their discipline?

Rules are rules and if it warrants suspension, then so be it.  It’s great that three showed remorse, and you can commend them for it and let them know how much it meant to you that they did apologize.  But rewarding them for acting like decent human beings ought to act when they have done something horrible?  That’s just what they ought to be doing anyway (well, really they ought to be acting like decent human beings in the first place and not have done it all).  Knowing that their apologies were heard, you’ve accepted and presumably forgiven them is really all the reward that is merited.

If there is someone in charge of the hearing, you can let them know that the three did express remorse if you are hell-bent on them getting lesser punishments for the same acts then let that person know you would be in favor of reducing their punishment by one day for it – if you really feel the reward is necessary.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park

How old are these kids?

Are we talking young kids who maybe don’t know better or are we talking like teenagers who damn well know better?

And why did they tackle you?!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

timonandpumba :  How old are your students? Are these kids with special needs (behavioral or developmental)? 

Assuming they are teenagers and don’t have major developmental delays, they should absolutely be suspended! It’s all well and good that they wrote and apology letter (which let’s be honest- could just be a ploy to avoid punishment), but they still need to be held accountable for their actions and learn that behavior has consequences. It’s better for them to be suspended now, than end up in being arrested in a few years. 

Also, you can have compassion but it’s imperative that you take a strong stand on this so all of your students will respect you. Otherwise you’ll risk losing control of your classroom.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I can’t fathom 4 kids tackling me and not trying to get the highest level of punishment possible. Why in the world did they tackle you? In my district, any type of assault would be an automatic 9 weeks at an alternative school with a possible expulsion. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Outside in Paris

Do you know if the girl’s parents are attorneys? Apologizing is an admission of guilt so there’s a chance she is sorry but waiting until the hearing to apologize. Whereas the boys are hoping you hear this apology and ask for a more lenient punishment as a result.

All these students are violent and should be expelled. I also agree that law enforcement involvement would be wise even if it’s as a scare tactic.

Do you know why they would gang up on you like that?

I’m glad you are okay.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think it requires a bit more information to be able to offer suggestions about things to say to the parents- age of the students, what their intention was when tackling you. I’m also curious how there’s video evidence- did they film it also?

I hope you’re okay. Anything physical going on in your work environment (unless you’re a professional wrestler or something) can be jarring and upsetting.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I thought at first that you were a fellow student with a page on a wedding forum! I am not a teacher but I really like kids and work with them on rare occasion in my museum, and I would be out for blood if one of those suckers tackled me. 

What kind of precedent does it set in your classroom if you let these little douchebags get away with it?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Nope, sorry. I teach 6/7 year olds and I’d be demanding a harsh discipline for them. Much less kids a decade older than them. Hopefully these are just their troubled teenage years (although I for one can say that neither I or any of my friends ever did something like assault a teacher as part of our stupid teenage years), but they can’t learn from this and put the stupidity behind them if you don’t teach them a lesson. Throw the book at them. 

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