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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cafeteria fight leads to "Critically Injured" teacher

Run across a story from Kentucky about a high school teacher who was taken to the hospital after trying to break up a fight in the cafeteria.  It sounds like he's in very poor condition from some of the reports out there.  In an interesting twist to the story, the teacher is also a Kentucky State Representative.

I worked at a campus with a teacher who was hurt breaking up a fight and when he tried to press charges against the student the judge berated the teacher for breaking up the fight instead of waiting for security officers to show up.

I think most teachers end up with strong experiences and opinions about school fights.  Everyone has to decide what they are willing to do to end the hostilities or protect students.  Personally, I want staff who will quickly respond by being a presence nearby.  If you're not willing to get physical, that's fine... I've got no problem with that.  But please be on hand.  You can manage crowds, page administration, be a witness, etc.

Of course, there's the issue of training...

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