Digital Harbor High School Teacher In Maryland
Viciously Bullied, Taunted By Teen Students
Students aren’t just picking on students anymore, as video has surfaced of a teacher being bullied by teens at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore, Md.
The footage appears to be taken on a cell phone camera, and the voices are somewhat inaudible, but the currently unidentified teacher can be heard mentioning “authority” as the bullying teen swats and flicks her in the head repeatedly.
The teacher tells the student to “go away,” threatening to report the acts to the principal, to which the student says, “shut up, bitch.” Other students in the classroom can be heard laughing at the spectacle.
“My initial response was, again, disgust,” Baltimore teachers union president Marietta English told WMAR-TV. “Respect for adults. Somewhere there’s just no civility. They don’t even respect the adults in the classroom who are trying to deliver a lesson and this is the battle we fight.”
While the teacher didn’t report the incident to the police, per English’s recommendation, she did take the case to school administrators. Officials told WMAR-TV that one of the offending students was disciplined, but didn’t specify the method of punishment.
The video out of Digital Harbor brings to mind the YouTube of New York school bus monitor Karen Klein being viciously bullied by students during a ride home. In the video, a group of seventh-grade boys relentlessly taunt Klein with profanity, threats and insults as the bus monitor attempts to ignore their heckling.
It struck such a nerve with the Internet community that the 68-year-old grandmother later received $700,000 in donations collected through a campaign launched in her support. More than 30,000 people from 84 countries contributed to the fund, from which Klein took a portion to launch an anti-bullying foundation.
And just this fall, New York teacher John Webster, a 220-pound ex-college football player, said he was beaten up by a 6-year-old student to the extent that his ankle and knee were injured. Webster’s attorney called the 4-foot-2-inch boy a “tiny terror,” and said the school failed to protect the teacher despite previous warnings.
“[The boy] looks like an angel, but then, all of a sudden, that halo turns into horns,” Webster said at the time. “It’s been a nightmare.
It’s embarrassing. It’s humiliating.”