Poor Robert couldn't 'walk'

For threatening to punch a teacher, Robert Storms Jr. was put on “social probation” and  barred from graduation ceremonies at Sussex Central High in Delaware. He’ll get his diploma in the mail.

Storms and his family picketed the ceremony to protest the decision.

His aunt, Lillian Mitchell, said her son, Anthony, graduated from SCHS last year despite being caught with drugs on school property.

“He was found getting high in school and all they did was make him get drug rehab,” she said. “And even though he failed all them drug tests, they still let him walk. All Robert did was threaten someone verbally.”

. . . “I don’t care if I have to sell my house, I’m going after the school by any means needed,” Robert Sr. said.

The photo shows that Robert Jr. is a large young man. He has a short temper.  He believes his actions should have no consequences. Have a great life!

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  1. dangermom says:

    No one seems to be focusing on what Robert did–which was to verbally threaten a teacher. That’s the sort of thing that will get you a restraining order in adulthood.

    Man up, Robert, and take your consequences. Learn from this, or life will teach you again, and you won’t like it any better next time.

  2. “I don’t care if I have to sell my house, I’m going after the school by any means needed,” Robert Sr. said.
    Sounds like stupidity is at least partly hereditary. All this for a meaningless walk on a stage.

  3. I was once punched by a mother at the 5th grade graduation ceremony. But, in fairness, she was within her rights. I had no business telling her son to tuck in his shirt.

  4. Jab or uppercut?

  5. Dick Eagleson says:

    One lesson young Robert apparently never learned, in high school or anywhere else, is that there is always a bigger badass than you out there. With young Robert evidently carrying forward the familial attitude of denial on this point, he seems a likely candidate for a future starring role in another culturally traditional form of gathering at which he will also be unable to walk.

  6. Young Robert and his dad apparently deserve each other. Which is good, because at the rate he’s going, young Robert will probably never leave the nest.

    “All Robert did was threaten someone verbally.” A scary statement, and scary that she says “All.”

  7. “…they’re not gonna let me walk?”

    Yes they are! They’re going to let him walk AWAY!

  8. The inability of the public school system to deal with disruptive students who are clearly rejecting their right to an education is the fundamental flaw in the system that has contributed to failures and mediocrity in many schools. Private schools, and most charters, do not have these problems. Until school districts quickly and effectively remove the troublesome element – with the option of returning later if they adhere to rules – is the primary component of reform necessary.

  9. Thanks for speaking the truth, Michael. Too few teachers are willing to say what you said publicly because the assumption is quite literally, “show me a disruptive kid and I’ll show you an ineffective teacher.” This message is delivered to teachers in struggling schools in any number of ways. My first year of teaching, an adminstrator suggested I speak to the 4th grade teacher of a particularly disruptive student because the kid “never seemed to give Miss S. any trouble.” Good advice I thought. When I sought her out, Miss S, laughed out loud and said the kid was a nightmare in her room too. But she never said anything because she knew nothing would be done. And indeed, when I took it up with my special ed supervisor, her response (it was a CTT classroom) was to say “Well, just think of how much harder it would be if you were the only teacher in the room.

    On and on we go.

    As long as mere mortals, not superstars fill the vast majority of our classrooms, disruption will continue to effectively deny a proper education to untold hundreds of thousands of kids. I have long been convinced that the achievement gap is largely explained as a time on task gap. The more disruption, the lower the achievement levels.

  10. My favorite teacher had a system: he placed one desk up at the front of the room, in a corner, across the room from his desk, facing his desk–then blocked it off from the rest of the students with a filing cabinet. That was my desk–by choice–unless he needed it for someone that habitually disrupted class. Usually only took about a week of sitting there, and their behavior changed, and I got my desk back.

    I don’t know if this would be permitted in classrooms today (this was some seventeen years ago, when I was in 8th grade), but he never took it to the principal. Just separated the kid from the rest of the class.

    As for threatening him…even the troublemakers loved him.

    Now, I, on the other hand, have been threatened. However, as a college instructor, I’ve got a lot more leeway. I’m also a little bitty thing, and can threaten back without anyone believing that I could or would.

  11. This story cracked me up. It is just so typical. Just remember: this star citizen has plagued teachers and classmates for 13 years. I’m sure his 4th grade teacher saw this story and shook her head.

    Nobody really tells you this when you start out, but being threatened and assaulted is really pretty much part of the job.

  12. “One lesson young Robert apparently never learned, in high school or anywhere else, is that there is always a bigger badass than you out there.”

    “Self-esteem” at its best. As a prosecutor, it would surprise me if Robert only eventually, if ever, learns that lesson courtesy of the criminal justice system. Makes me think of the defendants who pick up their first felony on their 18th birthday and score mandatory prison based on their reams of juvenile priors: “but they said juvy didn’t count!” They were wrong.

  13. Robert Wright says:

    “All Robert did was threaten someone verbally.”

    Ah, this made me laugh.

  14. I am very pleased by the school’s appropriate and measured response in both this case and – more surprisingly – in the drug case. Offering a student who used drugs rehab and then allowing him to attend the graduation ceremony? That actually…makes sense!

    And if the parents don’t understand why threatening a teacher is bad…well, they are likely beyond help.