WARNING: Some viewers may find the video below, of a student being punched in the face repeatedly by another student, disturbing.
What many may find even more disturbing is the fact that the teacher stood by, with his hands in his pockets, as the student was beaten. However, what is truly appalling is the fact that the American Federation of Teachers is protecting the teacher’s
According to the Teachers’ Union, the student’s teacher was justified in standing there with his hands in his pockets while a kid got beaten because, in the union’s words:
“Teachers have intervened in the past,” acknowledged Rena Honea of Alliance/AFT. “They have been injured. They have not been able to return to work. They have been reprimanded for intervening. So there is a huge question mark as to what’s truly appropriate.”
If the teachers’ unions have become so jaded (read: warped) that it accepts (and protects) a grown man—teacher or not—standing idly by while a minor under his care is beaten, then the unions are truly fighting against the best interests of children.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776