A New Jersey gym teacher asked an interloper to leave his class three times. When the student refused and cursed at him, Troy Rushing grabbed the boy’s ear and pushed his back to move him out of the room. The teacher — who will never teach again in New Jersey — was sentenced to 90 days for assault for “protecting the integrity of his class and refusing to be bullied,” writes Gordon Deal on a Wall Street Journal blog.
The religious teachers I had in high school were Brothers of the Sacred Heart. A couple of them served in the military and had taken up boxing as a hobby while enlisted.
. . . I watched the biggest tough-guy in the school get dropped by a punch in the mouth, courtesy of one these Brothers. The kid had a hard time following directions. He figured it out after that.
Assuming the facts are as described, I imagine teachers who read it are either a) silently saying “Amen!” or b) liars, writes Robert Pondiscio, who was punched by a student who refused to leave the room and return to his own class.
The kid was sent back to his classroom and I was given a talking to by my AP for insufficient sensitivity to what “these kids’ lives are like.” It got a little heated. A lot heated, actually. The thing that sticks years later is her yelling at me, “You just want this to be like a private school!”
In sentencing Rushing, Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa referred to his history of violating restraining orders filed by his ex-wife and wife. “He even admits that he is unable to control his behavior when he is under a great deal of stress,” the judge said.
Should Rushing have faced assault charges? Is he unfit to teach?