Friday, November 22, 2019

Taking Out Trash

I have been trying to reconcile my feelings about living in Nashville for the last three years and attempting to find some good amidst the bad and that is getting tougher with each passing day living here in Jersey City. The most generous, professional and welcoming people I have ever met have been here and I cannot recall a single encounter with a random mover, post office employee or other service person that seems to remember my name, when I was here last and are generous with follow up or offers of assistance that is genuine and without financial obligations attached. True there were some okay none in the land of Hospitality.  Some disguised as such but I like to remind myself of those who said as I was leaving: "We can't wait to visit you in Jersey."   Really? Did you visit me here while I lived HERE.  Did you come by without some reason or intent or invite that included me doing most of the heavy lifting including paying or giving you something in exchange.  Right Ethan?

So when I read about these teacher in Alabama where the Prodigal Surrogate came from I laughed as none of it surprises me in the least as Nashville is not exempt from this. Welcome to the South where they put the SPIT in Hospitable.

I hated every minute there and looking back I was not wrong in my assessment that the people are garbage, the schools a dump and the kids are the trash they throw in them then the grow up to be the Adults they have recycled to become exactly what they are - trash talkers.  Welcome to the South.

East Nashville Teacher Resigns Amid Twitter Controversy
Posted: 5:26 PM, May 04, 2017  Channel 5 News

An East Nashville Magnet High School teacher was confronted by her students in the classroom about derogatory and insulting social media posts, which ultimately led to her resignation.

The teacher, Lyn Rushton, allegedly created a ghost Twitter account on which she posted multiple tweets about her students.

A tipster showed NewsChannel 5 screenshots of the tweets in question in which she called students out by name and made derogatory comments.

One of them said, "The ghettoness of some of my students just sickens me beyond belief." Another said, "I wish I could carry around a stamp at school to put "worthless a*******" across their heads."

Students confronted Rushton about the account and tweet while in class. The students can be heard yelling at her in a video which was posted on Facebook.

One of the tweets which named multiple students, poked fun at the length and pronunciation of their names.

"I don't want a name like everybody else! I love my name... I don't care if I walk into a job interview and they don't like my name because it's a black name. I love my name!" said one of the students.

Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools told NewsChannel 5 Rushton took some sick days this week, and was scheduled to report to school Friday to be placed on administrative leave, but she resigned Thursday.

She talked to NewsChannel 5 and apologized for the comments she made.

"It was stupidity on my part," Rushton Said. "I'm definitely sorry for the words, absolutely, they're hurtful. They were wrong to say, and I am absolutely sorry for the words, for what I said."

Rushton resigned before Metro Schools could even investigate it. School officials released the following statement:

As part of the Tennessee Code of Ethics, teachers accept the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards as part of what they do in schools every day – to serve students and the communities they live in.

Metro Schools is aware of certain social media posts of a former teacher at East Nashville Magnet High School. The posts do not reflect our values and are unacceptable.

The teacher has resigned and is no longer an employee of Metro Schools.

Rushton began teaching in the 2011-2012 school year

Teachers used racial slurs and speculated about students’ sex lives in leaked chat

Reis Thebault
The Washington Post
November 21, 2019 at 9:11 p.m. EST

The Alabama high school teachers had a boastful, explicit name for the group chat they used to gossip about and disparage students. After some of their messages leaked last week, those teachers now sport another dubious distinction: They’re suspended.

At least six teachers from Ashford High School in southeast Alabama were removed from the job on Monday, county officials told local news media. School leaders promised “repercussions” but have not yet announced what those will be.

In one text, reviewed by the Dothan Eagle newspaper and the television station WDHN, one of the teachers refers to a student by name, speculates on his sex life, then calls him the n-word before writing that he is “so slow he can’t walk and chew.”

The messages ignited a firestorm. Parents and students packed a recent school board meeting and have taken to social media to protest the racism, transphobia and meanness the teachers reportedly displayed in the messages.

The target of one of the messages, who identified himself to WDHN, said it wasn’t the first time he’s felt discriminated against within school walls.

“I don’t like this school, period,” said the student, who is black. “They’re racist, all of these folks are racist.”

A woman’s stepchildren saw her topless in her home. She may have to register as a sex offender.

The teachers have not been publicly identified, by name or by race, and Houston County Superintendent David Sewell said the school board intends to give the group “procedural due process” as they defend themselves from allegations of wrongdoing.

“I hate that it happened,” Sewell told the Eagle. “We try to put policies and procedures in place to make sure things like this don’t happen. We’ll go back and try to reinforce.”

But at the contentious school board meeting Monday, some parents criticized officials for not taking more action sooner.

“To sweep this under the rug — and you may not be doing that — it looks that way to me,” said Jimmy Weems, an Ashford High graduate, publicly addressing the board. “Whose hands are we turning our kids over to?

“Is that what we’ve stooped to?” Weems asked. “This is disturbing.”

Sewell replied: “I share your concerns.”

Her mom was being beaten, police say, so she called 911 and ordered pizza. The plan worked.

The board could take one of three actions, the Eagle reported: It could suspend the teachers without pay, fire them or reinstate them.

The state’s education department has also indicated it could step in and discipline the teachers if it feels the county has ignored serious transgressions.

“If there is an offense egregious enough, and the local system does not do anything, we do have the authority to examine someone’s teaching certificates,” agency spokesman Michael Sibley told the outlet WTVY.

Some students and parents have been clear: They want the teachers out. Classrooms, and a teacher’s confidence, are supposed to be safe places for students; instead, some now say they feel threatened.

“This is a real slap in the face,” Michael Johnson, an Ashford student, told WDHN. “Because you never know if someone comes to the school doing something they have no business doing; you know, the teacher might think in her head, ‘Well, I’m not going to protect this student the way I’m going to protect this one.'”

Some messages included a reference to a student who is quiet in class — “I guess she mime[s] sex?” one teacher wrote. The teachers also mentioned by name a transgender student and seemed to mock his identity. The student, who also spoke to WDHN, said that the teacher apologized but that the messages betray a dangerous lack of compassion — especially for students who may already feel marginalized.

“I’ve been scared, to say the least,” he said. “I never know what to expect with who I’m around. I’m always careful with what I say, how I introduce myself to certain people, because I never know how the reaction is going to be.”

The messages reportedly leaked after a teacher gave a student her phone during a recent school day. The student, according to WDHN, then saw the exchange and took a video of the ongoing conversation.

It’s unclear why the student had the teacher’s phone, but the screenshots quickly made their way to Facebook and spread from there.

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