[Ed. – This particular tale unfolded in the St. Paul public schools. But too many out there would be likely to do the same thing.]
Last October, several teachers were attacked by violent students. In one instance, teachers tried to break up a fight and ended up being injured. In another instance, a teacher was injured when a disruptive student refused to leave the classroom. In December, another teacher was severely injured while trying to break up a fight. That teacher has since filed a lawsuit against the school district for failing to provide a safe work environment. More recently, a male teacher was attacked by two male students in the classroom and ended up in the hospital.
The issue of the growing violence in the schools and the criticism leveled at teachers and administrators led Theodore Olson, a special education teacher at Como Park High School, to take to Facebook to condemn the violence. He posted:
“Anyone care to explain to me the school-to-prison pipeline my colleagues and I have somehow started, or perpetuated, or not done enough to interrupt? Because if you can’t prove it, and campaigns you’ve waged to deconstruct adult authority in my building by enabling student misconduct, you seriously owe us real teachers an apology. Actually, an apology won’t cut it.”
Believe it or not, Olson’s post offended Rashad Turner, leader of the St. Paul Black Lives Matter. Turner was so enraged by the post that he threatened to use his group to shut down Como Park High School. Consequently, Olson was removed from the classroom and placed on paid leave from the district in an attempt to appease the local Black Lives Matter.