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The following are complaints of verbal abuse among teachers in Rialto Unified School District
Middle school teacher melts down
The first recorded incident of a Frisbie Middle School math teacher getting in trouble with Rialto Unified officials was on Dec. 13, 2005, when she received a written notice (which mentioned "prior oral and written directives to cease inappropriately touching students" before then) after she grabbed a sixth-grade student by his sweatshirt and dragged him out of her classroom to discuss a rules infraction.
"I can grab you any way I want to," she reportedly told the student.
But at the start of the 2006-07 school year, she apparently repeatedly verbally abused and barked orders at her students, telling them to "shut up," "shut your pie hole," "sit down," "come here" and "hurry up."
Things came to a head on Sept. 26. She was nursing an injured leg and complained about the pain. According to her students, she yelled at them about their performance on accelerated math, saying she had gotten yelled at by a teacher working with her to raise her test scores. She singled out two students in particular, yelling that their work was "crappy" and that the "crap" had to end.
She became enraged while kids were doing a quiz, throwing papers and objects, including a basket thrown at one student, a stack of papers thrown at another, two workbooks that struck students and the cast off her leg.
She then told students to "get the (expletive) out" because she felt like throwing things and would throw something at them if they didn't leave. She told female students "you (expletive) get out of the classroom" and that "(expletive) kids don't listen." She told them "(expletive), I hate this job!"
She then pushed her students out the classroom and locked them outside. After they were outside, she looked out the window, banging on it and yelling "you are all going to die" and "shut up!" She became further enraged at one boy, who kicked the wall of the classroom while outside, and she ran outside, grabbed him by his shoulders and shoved him against the wall, telling him to get out of her "(expletive) face" and go to the "god-damned counselor" to change classes so she wouldn't have to see his "(expletive) face" any more.
The students remained outside for the rest of the instructional day. A teacher in a neighboring classroom moved her students outside so she could monitor the other class.
The teacher, who worked for the district since 1998, was suspended without pay. She resigned, effective June 30, 2007, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing - the body that oversees teacher credentials in the state - was notified of the charges against her.
Rialto Unified uses a system of progressive discipline for employees, according to Felix Avila, assistant superintendent of personnel services.
"I don't think there's ever a clean slate for any of the teachers" who end up running afoul of district policy, he said.
Responses to incidents range from verbal discussions to letters of reprimand to immediate suspension leading to termination.
"If something came up where they needed to correct their behavior if they correct it, we move forward and just watch them," Avila said. "In many cases, we never have a problem again."
In February 2009, a female Rialto High School teacher was reprimanded by the district for the way she treated a student. It was part of a pattern of verbally berating and insulting students every few years.
In May 2002, after a male student picked up her croissant, she said "don't you touch my (expletive) food with your dirty ass hands!" The teacher then grabbed him by the arm and yanked him out of class. Things degenerated in the classroom after that, and she told one student "if you do not sit down, I'll put my foot up your ass!" She told her students to "leave my (expletive) alone," told them she was "sick of kids," referred to them as "smart asses." When students became upset, she took off her shoes, threw them against the wall and screamed "you will have to kick my ass before you leave and sit your white asses down!" When a security guard asked if she needed help, she replied "who the (expletive) wants to know?" She was suspended without pay for five days.
In November 2003, she told a male student to "go to hell!"
In February 2004, she told a student to put down a lollipop, slapping the girl's hand and yanking the lollipop away. The student complained the teacher had also struck her in the head in the course of disarming her.
In February 2009, she yelled at a recent transfer that "if you like Carter (High School) so much, why don't you go back?" When he objected she yelled "don't tell me how to talk to you" and "(expletive) you and (expletive) your daddy and mama!" She then submitted a written statement, which, according to the district, "minimized the magnitude of your misconduct."
The morning newspaper
During an Aug. 24, 2006, staff meeting at Eisenhower High School, the assistant principal running the meeting asked that all teachers reading newspapers stop doing so and put the papers away. All but one, a male history teacher, complied. Instead he replied "No!" in a loud voice, and continued reading, his feet on a chair.
He was asked again, and replied "No, I will not put the newspaper away. I am not a child. You cannot talk to me that way." The assistant principal asked a third time, and the teacher replied, "That's not a reasonable request." The administrator said he'd discuss the issue later. The teacher kept reading, saying "(expletive) jerk!"
The teacher received a letter of reprimand.
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