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Friday, August 5, 2011

Teachers Probably Shouldn't Call Students "Freaking Morons"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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Teachers are charged with great responsibility, and with that comes great scrutiny. Parents send off their kids to school each day hoping they are being taught effectively, treated with respect, and kept safe. Teachers, on the other side of the equation, have to also put up with a metric ton of BS from parents. Not the parents who have valid concerns, but parents, for example, who call in complaining that their child was forced to sit next to someone on a field trip that they didn't like. Stuff like that. Horsecrap.

But there are valid complaints, those that come crawling across administrators' desks about teachers that might be crossing the line somewhere. For instance, calling students "freaking morons," "idiots," and "airheads." (True story: one of our teachers called a student a "fat fuck" in class. Nothing happened, but he probably shouldn't have done that.)

The AP reports that Michael Togliatti, an English teacher at Fairmont High School, is under fire for supposedly having a naughty tongue and allegedly lobbing the aforementioned insults at students.

The allegations first came to light in the spring, and were backed up by conversations with students who endured similar verbal chastisements. Others came to the defense of the teacher at board meetings. A hearing is scheduled to determine the teacher's fate, but his lawyer is confident the charges won't stick. "Those dummies would be idiotic to let my guy go, but it would just confirm what brain-dead wastes of life they really are," he didn't say, but was thinking.

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