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This video is of the apology associated with an incident that recently took place in a Houston Charter School.

Sheri Lynn Davis speaks about an incident caught on video that allegedly shows her beating a student. Video courtesy of: Jason Witmer. 5/14/10.

The question is not around who had the cell phone or should the instructor have been fired or why were the students in the school in the first place, but one of greater importance.

The question in my mind is if all is true -- that is -- the student is in an alternative school, this young man may have emotional problems, and that he was "trying to fight" another student (a girl) -- will it be justified?

Put another way, should his family receive thousands of dollars in a law suit that YOU KNOW is ensuing? I want to hear from you on this one!
Posted By: torin ellis
Sunday, May 16th 2010 at 7:13PM
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Unfortunately, while I don't condone what Ms. Davis did, I fully understand it. Many times the students are very unruly, cussing and disruptive. Teachers or anyone of authority (an adult) will try to speak to them and they get more than they bargain for. The "adult" will suggest they calm down - to no avail; or leave a classroom - to no avail. Kids are not being raised to respect authority and pretty much do as they want. NOT all kids are that way but enough are. I am truly sorry that this teacher lost control and the situation got out of hand . But something needs to be done about these unruly kids.
Monday, May 17th 2010 at 1:43PM
I agree with Ms. Robertson. Something has to be done. Both teachers and parents are afraid of disciplining children these days for fear that the authorities will arrest them or they will be fired. This teacher had clearly had enough. There should be a better balance between discipline and abuse. This generation is clearly out of control. Where were his parents? Why are they suing the school instead of apologizing for not doing their jobs? Teachers are paid to teach, not babysit or tolerate disrespectful behavior. I support the teacher, not the black eye, mind you, but I understand her frustration.
Monday, May 17th 2010 at 1:51PM
...but should the family receive thousands of dollars as they will eventually be asking for? I thank you both for weighing in.
Monday, May 17th 2010 at 2:19PM
torin ellis
Unfortunately, I think the court will award damages, calling this effort at discipline an assault. Whether it should is another matter. I would argue that the parents were contributorily negligent for not providing the discipline that is the parents' responsibility. To reward the parents for this act of discipline, albeit excessive, is to reward their failure to be parents. If the state will not allow teachers to discipline students, it should impose more penalities on the parents who fail to provide guidance and control. Not to bring up older generations, but my grandmother made it perfectly clear that if I acted up in school, I would have to see her at home... and she was serious! I do not condone abuse, but I am convinced that these children are absolutely out of control and something must be done.
Monday, May 17th 2010 at 2:28PM
I do not condone the actions of the teacher. However, she is human and you can be pushed but so far against a wall. Secondly, being a teacher myself, there are many students today who will do everything they can to provoke an action by another party. Where is the law that protects both teacher and classmates who go to school to learn. Teachers today are in many cases expensive babysitters. Where there is no control, there is no learning taking place. The first teacher is the parent. My children knew that any trouble at school ment mega trouble at home.
Monday, May 17th 2010 at 7:49PM
Gloria V. Adams
is there a link available to the original video?
Tuesday, May 18th 2010 at 12:25AM
Will Moss
I agree with both Ms. Wilcher and Ms. Adams. I too was told at an early age that there was to be no foolishness in school or anywhere else for that matter; OR ELSE! It was not tolerated under any circumstances. You are right, teachers are not babysitters, they are there to teach. People need to recognize the importance of our children learning as much as they can especially in today's economy.
Tuesday, May 18th 2010 at 9:43AM
This teacher clearly 'snapped.' As highly educated professionals, we must accept that we simply cannot take every job that is offered. I too, am an educator. I no longer teach, mind you. The past ten years of my teaching career were all placements in juvenile detention type schools, and one was actually in one of the toughest county jail facilities in this country. I quit teaching, recognizing that this is not the way I planned to lend my services. (Some teachers actually choose these type programs because not much 'teaching' is ever required)! In this case, judging by the way the teacher was dressed, she clearly recognized the perils her workplace presented. Sometimes, peace of mind is a lot more valuable to us, than the effort to pay our bills. We must back up and rethink much of what we choose to do to support ourselves, and come up with a better plan.
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