A Cry out to the community

I work at a school where my friend, my best friend, a woman, was thrown against a chalkboard by a male student. She was badly hurt and worse traumatized by this male student. He is a minor. But does that make it ok? He is very angry and has been suspended twice before, for fighting. He has had some issues at home. Is there an excuse? An excuse to throw a five foot tall ninety pound teacher into the chalkboard? It was such a violent act that the doctor told her that she suffered the same effects as a car accident.

The school is blaming us. Blaming her because she raised her voice to him. Blaming me because as a male teacher I didn’t react quickly enough to stop the assault. The school wants to let him back in. To say, oh he is only a kid and is just reacting to being yelled at. Believe me if I had to do it over I would have grabbed the kid, done anything to stop it, but, as it is I didn’t.

Again, she is five feet tall, and weighs 90 pounds soaking wet. He’s much larger and very angry. I always assumed no matter how mad you are, you never, never, never, ever, lay your had on a woman. Maybe that is just I. But I suppose because the kid is so troubled that it is ok to throw a defenseless women into a concrete wall. It’s our fault for getting upset with the child. He’s only reacting. He yelled in her face “I’ll fuck you up.” But he’s a “good” kid. He does his chores. His dad is a cop and was deployed overseas.

I saw it happen. She was leaving the classroom, trying to get away, and he came from behind, and slammed her against the chalkboard.

I should have done something. But if I did I would be in jail. She is hurting and afraid. It’s our fault. We didn’t recognize his condition. So, in this instance, violence against a woman is ok.

I am calling out to all who will listen. We need help.

A Cry out to the community


Salt Lake City, United States

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