TELL US: How Should Teachers Handle Students Who Talk Back?
After a recent incident at Arundel Middle where a teacher confronted a student about behavior issues, Patch wants to know what you think about the best way to keep a classroom under control.
More than 60 comments on Odenton-Severn Patch express readers' reactions to the video and the way the situation was handled.
A teacher was placed on administrative leave after an incident that became public in a video showing what appeared to be a confrontation with students regarding behavior in the classroom. The school system launched an investigation.
Arundel Middle School Principal Yolanda Clark said in a letter to parents that the teacher had shown "poor judgment" in her behavior toward students.
"This behavior is inconsistent with that which we expect of our educators, and our school system is addressing this matter quickly," Clark wrote.
However, some readers—including students—left comments in defense of the teacher.
"People need to stop blaming our educators and place the responsible for general behavioral issues back on the parents," wrote Marlboro Girl.
Another reader also placed blame on the student.
"That girl was disrespectful and needs to be suspended!" wrote Sdwy.
Others could see both sides and thought the teacher didn't handle the situation correctly.
"It is NOT acceptable for children to talk back and disrespect teachers. However, it is the teacher's job to rise above it and remain mature and professional when faced with a disrespectful student. Send her to the Principal's office and get on with the lesson," wrote Calique.
TELL US: How should teachers handle students who talk back? Leave a comment to let us know.