Unfortunately, this incident took place in a school district
which is known to discipline teachers over minor infractions,
whether actual or perceived, and to turn a blind eye to
supervisory infractions even when there is compelling evidence
that such occurred.
In this particular district, teachers who file complaints or
"tattle" on supervisors are perceived as whistle-blowers who
face harassment, investigation, and retaliation.
Teacher eyewitnesses would be extremely reluctant to file a
complaint with the principal based on how other teachers in the
district were treated when they complained to principals about
assistant principals or complained to district superintendents
More than one staff member witnessed or overheard the hallway
conversation between the student and the AP.
More than one dean was in the hall and the doors were open in
This is a true event which occurred last week, and not an
exercise in a course for administrators.
But the event does provide good material for a case study.
The sex of the individuals bears somewhat on the situation.
One would not expect a female student to state, "Suck my
d**k!", although there have been teachers' lounge stories
claiming that certain female students did, in fact, say exactly
that to both male and female teachers.
And, had the AP been female, then she never would have replied
to the male student in the same manner that the male AP did.
At least, the student didn't expose himself in the hallway.
But tales of students exposing themselves in a classroom have
come to the attention of the Public Employment Relations Board
In one such account from more than thirty years ago:
"Thereafter, in the spring 1983, [the principal] summoned [the
teacher] to his office for a series of meetings. At one, [the
principal] attempted to get [the teacher] to change the grade of
a student she had failed for cutting. At another, [the
principal] asked her what she did to incite a student to whom
she had issued a disciplinary referral for exposing himself in
front of her class, declaring 'eat my meat.' Apparently, the
student was not disciplined." (22 PERB 4537)
If I find out additional details about the event from last week,
and the aftermath, I will post whatever I'm able to.
On 1/24/15, regardless... wrote:
> Regardless of whether the people involved are male or female,
> admin, teacher, or other staff, the scenario described is
> highly inappropriate. Gender and job position aren't
> relevant... inappropriate behavior is inappropriate behavior.
> The questions asked in this post sound quite a bit like the
> type of scenario often presented in admin courses as
> assignments; is this true? If it's a real event, how do you
> know about it, and what happened as a result?
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