Video of W. Va. teacher denouncing student raises question: Don’t we all know about smartphone cameras?

In this age of smartphones, everyone has to consider public outbursts will be recorded and shared on social media whether in an airplane, Walmart parking lot or classroom.

Hardly a day goes by without a new viral video of a school fight or a teacher/administrator/resource officer caught in an alleged misdeed or momentary lapse of judgment. Snapchat and Instagram are full of images from inside classrooms captured on student phones.

Educators in schools have to proceed as if they are under the surveillance of paparazzi at all times. I am surprised this new reality was overlooked by a West Virginia math teacher who barged into an English class Tuesday to scold a student for reporting him earlier in the day for allegedly watching porn on a computer.

The boy said he been the first student to enter his math classroom and saw his teacher watching something “a 13-year-old should not see at school.” The school system has said nothing questionable was found on the teacher’s computer but the investigation continues.

According to WOWK 13 News, the 13-year-old boy’s mother was not contacted by the school about what her son reported to the office or the teacher’s public upbraiding of her son. She only learned of it through social media. (The TV news report is good so please watch it if you want more details.)

Take a look at the video from YouTube:

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redweather
redweather

It sounds like there was a significant history between this teacher and this student. The teacher mentioned that the student had entered his office uninvited on five other occasion, if I heard that right. But that isn't an excuse for barging in to another teacher's classroom and going ballistic.

My students must turn in their phones before class begins. I mandate that because I think phones are the ultimate distraction. I also don't want them recording my lectures. It's tough enough being a teacher without worry that something I might say could be taken out of context and used against me. 



becca1
becca1

the math teacher should be fired immediately. Teacher should ever origin to another's classroom and attack a sole student. I don't care what the teacher was watching; any grown man in a position of authority who verbally abuses a child the way that child was abused has lost any claim to authority respect and should be terminated immediately. No investigation is necessary. Again, I could care less what he was watching, although it is true that should be a separate ground for termination. If there is a legal cause of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress, that man is a textbook defendant! 

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

"The boy said he been the first student to enter his math classroom and saw his teacher watching something “a 13-year-old should not see at school.” The school system has said nothing questionable was found on the teacher’s computer but the investigation continues."


The boy makes an allegation that could end the teacher's career. Upon forensic investigation, it proves unverified.  (And I am being nice here.) OF COURSE the teacher is upset!


About the recording of the teacher, of course we all must be aware that we are probably being recorded. You have to wonder, however, how it is that so many incidents "just happen" to be recorded.  I am fed up with teachers being the whipping boys when something that almost anyone else would do is brought to light as a horrible crime.

Astropig
Astropig

@Wascatlady


"Upon forensic investigation, it proves unverified.  (And I am being nice here.) "


Um,how exactly has it not been verified? The article plainly states that the investigation is ongoing.


Computer systems are built by humans.That means humans can defeat any defenses set up to filter things.With the right browser and some technical know how,working around a screen set up by somebody that could only get an IT job with local schools looks like it could happen fairly easily.


But another thing jumps out here-Why did the teacher of the other class not usher this guy out the door? What he did is unprofessional enough to get him fired even if he was watching The Brady Bunch in his classroom. With the inability to control his emotions this way, how long before he strikes a student? With a sense of entitlement to "watch whatever he wants",how long before he "texts whoever he wants" ? "Dates whoever he wants"? He has at best a flawed sense of judgement that makes him a liability to his school district.



Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

@Astropig @Wascatlady

"Why did the teacher of the other class not usher this guy out the door? "

Exactly, my thoughts as well.  It also appears that the male teacher followed the female teacher into the room and then began his tirade.  If I had to hazard a guess, I would say she knew beforehand and allowed it to happen.


Teachers, you have a DUTY TO ACT in situations such as this.

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

@Astropig @Wascatlady If you read the reader comments in the stories out of the WVA newspapers, several readers say they are friends and that she, in fact, is an administrator and not the classroom teacher.

bu22
bu22

@Wascatlady This is odd that the recording starts the moment he walks in the room, although I don't know how that could have been anticipated.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

@Wascatlady

"The boy makes an allegation that could end the teacher's career. Upon forensic investigation, it proves unverified.   OF COURSE the teacher is upset!"


If the teacher had acted professionally and let administration conduct their investigation AND if the allegation could not be substantiated, then the teacher shouldn't receive any discipline.

We've gone far beyond that in this case.

Open retaliation against the student is what we have here and it should be addressed - and if I were this teachers principal, he would be terminated.  



Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Usually, I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to the teacher or police officer when they are caught on camera doing something questionable or objectionable as the video often only catches a portion of the incident and doesn't tell the entire story.  Not this time.  This teacher is wrong on so many levels.

On another note, any IT department worth a crap can pull up your internet usage log.  Should be a simple matter to view this teacher's viewing history.

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

@Lee_CPA2 By the teacher's own comments that he is entitled to watch what he wants in the privacy of his classroom -- an odd and wrong defense that none of us can use when at work on work equipment -- I wonder if he was watching a movie or Netflix series. The student may have seen something racy on the screen, but it may not have been "porn."

I read the reader comments on the West Va news story and teachers from the system said all the computers have filters that limit access so it was highly unlikely to have been a porn site. 

Astropig
Astropig

@Lee_CPA2


Agree,agree,agree. 


Was anyone else disturbed by the tone of this piece? The author seems to be far more perturbed that the teacher was stupid enough to do this on camera than the fact that it happened in the first place.Years ago,this would have never seen the light of day and would have quickly been brushed under the rug by CYA tactics on the part of the school system.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@MaureenDowney @Lee_CPA2 The filter on the web server  in my former school system was,at one point, filtering out requests to look at snippets from The Electric Company and the Weather Channel!

Starik
Starik

How dare that student embarrass an authority figure just because he was watching porn on (presumably) a school computer during school hours?  Aren't teachers respected anymore? 

Astropig
Astropig

That teacher should be fired forthwith,banned from school property and the parents should get an order of protection from a judge.He's a ticking time bomb.

bu22
bu22

@Astropig Did you see the same video as me?  He was angry, but in control.  He wanted him to stay out of his room without permission and accused him of blackmail.  I think the "last time" comment was directed at kicking him out of the class, not killing him.

JBBrown1968
JBBrown1968

@Astropig School systems are ticking time bombs. Adults can't be ran by children, as you, and Stark would prefer. This is a charter school of choice(presumably)! 

Starik
Starik

@JBBrown1968 @Astropig That depends on the quality of adults who are staffing the schools.  "...can't be ran..."  Are you a teacher?

Astropig
Astropig

@JBBrown1968 @Astropig


"This is a charter school of choice(presumably)"


No,it's not. It's a run of the mill middle school in West Virginia. 


Other than getting that wrong and your grammar faux pas, this was your best post in quite a while.Keep working!

JBBrown1968
JBBrown1968

@Starik @JBBrown1968 @Astropig No.. butt it wont be long with people like you and the pig. I could be hired by any Charter School or low performing district... if I know people....and I do! Poor grammar and all!