I just found out via the Education Wonks that a former colleague, Phil Carroll, was recently threatened by a student at Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett County. The two of us taught together at Snellville Middle in Gwinnett. His room adjoined mine. He was very knowlegeable about languages, very soft-spoken, very intelligent. Here is the AP story.
From what I know of Phil, I am 100% positive that there is no way he has any sort of “vendetta” against this student, and I think it is preposterous for the mother to claim such a thing. I find it inexcusable and very sad. It’s one thing to protect our kids, but it is quite another to make baseless accusations and blame the teacher for what is clearly her daughter’s problem. I am only glad that the student was suspended and that Phil was supported. When we worked together, as a general rule, we were not supported by our administration.
Funny, I’ll bet that if this mother’s daughter were the subject of such a threat, then Mama would be the first in line to demand appropriate punishment, and I doubt a “suspension” would suffice. I hope for Phil’s sake that they remove this girl from his class.