An eighth-grade math teacher rattled a table to get students’ attention, say police in the wealthy Silicon Valley suburb of Atherton. A 13-year-old girl called 911 from the bathroom to accuse the teacher of throwing things and profanity. “I’m scared,” she said.
When police arrived on campus, they found John Haynes calmly running his class. Officers concluded Haynes had raised a desk a few inches off the ground and dropped it; the desk landed on its side. He’d raised his voice and used profanity, said Lt. Joe Wade.
Most of the students in the class weren’t bothered by the teacher’s actions, Sgt. Tim Lynch said. Though the teacher “dramatically” made his point, “it wasn’t a teacher out of control,” he added.
Haynes was put on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Police released the tape of the 911 call.
The Palo Alto Daily News story includes an interview with Ruby Prado, the mother of the friend who lent her cell phone to the caller.
“My daughter is an honor roll student and I would say it’s partly — mostly — because of him,” Prado said. “He’s a very good teacher. He’s committed.”
She said her daughter hadn’t mentioned that Haynes used any swear words and is concerned her teacher might now be in trouble.
. . . “It just sounds like the whole thing has gotten blown out of proportion.”