The article is largely a catalogue of violent attacks by young children on their teachers, though there is also a section on sexual misbehavior. The situation in Philadelphia’s black public schools as portrayed in the article is a nightmare that Dante would have had trouble conceiving. I don’t know what to say about it, except that it is the result of a black population (i.e. high impulsiveness and low intelligence), plus liberalism (i.e., white guilt and the destruction of authority), plus sexual liberation (i.e., no marriage, children raised without fathers and in conditions of total moral chaos).
As is usual with the mainstream media, the article never explicitly states that the young children whose violent behavior is being recounted are black, but the entire context, plus indirect hints such as the charge that the violence problem is the result of black pupils being treated differently from whites, makes it manifest that they are.
It’s a long article. Here are excerpts.
A sampling of incident reports filed by school police during the last five years, coupled with interviews, offers chilling accounts:
In October 2010 at Dobson Elementary, a K-8 in Manayunk, a classroom assistant was spat on, punched and kicked—all by a kindergartner. The aide suffered torn ligaments and tendons in a hand.
At Southwark Elementary, a K-8 school in South Philadelphia in October 2010, a 10-year-old boy “body slammed” into his teacher with such force that she suffered a concussion as she fell to the ground.
In June 2009, a Douglass Elementary student issued a startling warning to a second grader at the K-8 school in North Philadelphia whom she was choking: “I know where you live, and I will burn your house down.”
In April 2008, in a third-grade classroom at Taylor Elementary, a K-5 school in Hunting Park, one child held a knife against a classmate’s throat and threatened to cut off his head if he snitched.
At the K-8 Morris Elementary in North Philadelphia in February 2008, an angry 9-year-old punched his pregnant teacher in the stomach.
In December 2007, on the playground at Richmond Elementary, a K-5 school in Port Richmond, a 10-year-old girl’s classmate forced her head down to his groin.
During the 2009-10 school year, an Inquirer analysis shows, eight of the top 10 highest rates for morals crimes in the district were recorded in elementary schools.
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[Benjamin Wright, assistant superintendent of alternative education, who oversees discipline in the 155,000-student district,] says the problem is due in part to poor responses by staff, who inflame rather than defuse bad behavior.
Take the case of a young student who refuses his teacher’s directive to take his seat. “Does that mean that child’s being disobedient? No, that means the child is bored.
“So you might want to say ‘OK, I’ll give you five minutes to move around and then I’m going to ask you to take your seat.’ “
If the child still won’t sit, let him stand but say, “You must keep working,” he suggested.
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Sometimes, teachers are the victims.
Takia Conner was four months pregnant, and some students in her special-education class at Morris Elementary School were becoming jealous. They would say she wasn’t their friend anymore and point to her stomach.
“They were having a hard time with me having a child of my own,” she recalled.
A 9-year-old boy, who was in foster care and had a history of aggression, rushed at her one day in February 2008 when she denied him something he wanted.
He punched her square in the stomach—so hard that it knocked the wind out of her.
“He wasn’t sure he’d done anything wrong,” said Conner, who has since left the area and teaching.
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Tracee Sigler, a classroom assistant, was attacked four times this school year—most recently by a 5-year-old kindergartner at Dobson Elementary who kicked and punched her. She tore ligaments and tendons in her hand and required surgery.
Sigler was only at Dobson for three days before the kindergartner lashed out.
Wright was skeptical.
“He probably only weighs 65 pounds. I can hold that kid off until some help comes,” Wright said.
At the beginning of the year, in three separate incidents at Alexander Wilson Elementary in West Philadelphia, Sigler was punched, cut and stabbed.
One student was responsible for all three injuries, she said. Her pleas to the administration to remove the boy, a sixth grader, went unheeded.
“I’m a single parent,” said Sigler, “and I can’t be in a position where I’m afraid to go to work because I might not come home.”
Sigler said school employees should receive training on how to defend themselves from attacks: “We need to know how to protect ourselves,” Sigler said.
She returned to Dobson for one day in February, only to find that her attacker was still at school. She quit and has moved out of state.
In October, at Southwark Elementary in South Philadelphia, a 10-year-old special education student was having a full-fledged tantrum. He flipped furniture over, threw a chair, ran into the hall, and began kicking lockers. Then he started attacking classmates.
When his 5-foot-1 female teacher intervened, he “intentionally body slammed” into her in an attempt to get at another student, according to a school police report. She was knocked into a brick wall and hit her head on a door knob as she fell, losing consciousness.
“I woke up on the floor,” said the young teacher, who asked not to be identified.
The teacher provided medical reports on her condition to The Inquirer, and teacher union officials corroborated her story.
Her principal, she said, told her to “get it together” and continue teaching that day, which shocked her.