Jackasses abound with this particular situation. The teacher was a jackass for getting so far off subject he couldn’t find it with GPS. The whiney student is a jackass for going and telling “mommy” when the big, bad teacher was mean. The school administrators were jackasses for suspending the teacher for voicing an opinion. The 150 students were jackasses for not coming to the teacher’s defense until after the suspension. The other teachers at that school were jackasses for not walking out with the students in support of their colleague.
This kind of thing is a problem we see a lot of. Teacher/Coach X does something student Y doesn’t like. Student Y has a big ol’ hissyfit and tells his mommy/school administrators. Mommy/school administrators have a hissyfit of their own because they’re afraid of just about everything. Teacher/Coach X is forced to cave and spoiled student Y gets his/her way.
Come on, guys, let’s all just grow a pair huh?
Regardless of how idiotic this particular teacher was, he was still the teacher. By undermining his authority in the classroom and giving into this whiney little snot of a student, the administrators succeeded in teaching an entire school that all they have to do is throw a fit to get their way.
The best lesson I learned in High School was that sometimes the person in authority is a moron, and you just have to deal with that. Because I learned that particular lesson (one, I might point out, that the whiney little snot has not learned) I have successfully dealt with a number of idiotic bosses and supervisors. What’s this kid going to do when his future boss turns out to be a moronic jackass? He’s gonna go tell his mommy.
It’s not because of “kids like [Dadv] and Pat that we have these stringent laws.” It’s because we have hypochondriac, overprotective parents who fly off the handle at every given opportunity, a public school system terrified by its own authority and absolutely unwilling to use it, and a government that refuses to back up its schools.
If parents aren’t willing to let their kids fend for themselves at least a little from time to time, then they should get used to the idea that they’re going to have to support these little cry-babies their entire lives.
If teachers can’t handle a little harassment coming from the snot-nosed 16 year old in the back row, they should find a different profession.
If reporters can’t find something more newsworthy to fill their pages with than one whiney moron’s fit over what another whiney little moron had to say, I’m canceling my subscription.