45 Harrisburg Teachers Resign Due To ‘Horrible, Violent Children’
The age of entitlement continues to thrive and fester. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania teachers are now at a standoff with school district administrators after leaving their posts. The teachers claim that excessively violent behavior, including physical violence, has forced the teachers to resign. The total number of teachers to walk from their positions is 45. Worse more, the teachers’ claims are being levied against children as young as first grade.
The Harrisburg Education Association announced that the teachers’ resignations began in July and have continued through October, prompting school officials to seek an urgent resolution over the matter.
Some of the accounts by teachers are disturbing. Teacher Amanda Sheaffer told Fox43 that she’s been physically assaulted more than once.
“I have been hit, I have been kicked, I have been restrained from behind where I’ve been unable to move my arms,” she said. “It really throws off the whole day. I mean, you have an incident happen and you have to do a room clear, get all the students out, and then after that you have to take the time to do the write-up, and you have to make sure security comes and gets the kids.”
The accusations have derived from a number of different schools in the Harrisburg district. Jody Barksdale, who is head of the Harrisburg Education Association, says she wants to form a task force and help these children who show signs of behavioral issues.
“Let’s get together, as a task force, as a community, teachers, principals and see what we can put together to actually help these children that are displaying these atypical behaviors,” Barksdale said
The school district says it will gather with teachers and find a resolution.
“Once we meet and find out that there are needs that we need to have serviced, that means it’s going to take parent involvement to make that happen,” said Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney.
Sheaffer, the teacher quoted earlier in the story, claims the children need her now more than ever so she refuses to resign.
“I try to see the good, and think that these students and kids need me, and I’m trying to do something positive and different,” she said.
The HEA relased the following statement regarding the matter.
“In response to the Harrisburg School District’s Collective Bargaining Group, and earlier statements made to the media concerning issues facing our District, we find it unfortunate that our teacher organization has chosen to engage in public discourse opposed to factual and substantive discussions. The District is committed to promoting a safe and healthy work and learning environment for our faculty, staff and students. As we all can agree, student achievement is our
Concerning the District’s staffing positions, the facts are as follows: The District had 55 instructional vacancies in July 2017, the District hired 130 direct and indirect support staff between April to August 2017, inclusive of 30 professional staff. We currently have 38 professional job vacancies as a result of resignations due to a host of reasons and retirements. Urban education is fraught with challenges, opportunities and experiences.
The administration of the Harrisburg School District is dedicated and working extremely hard, providing year-long educator development and teacher mentoring programs. Additionally, processes for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and/or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) are in place throughout all schools.
Further, the District has an open door policy to advance communication and address any and all concerns from administrators, faculty, staff and/or students.
As a School District, our effectiveness and success hinges on all stakeholders taking a positive and committed stance on moving the quality of education forward for every student; this includes professional responsibility, accountability and true ownership of the work that puts students first and continues to move our District in the direction of academic growth and achievement. As a District, we will continue to strive to overcome isolated challenges and resolve differences. Furthermore, we endeavor to build a culture of collaboration among all stakeholders that is focused on improving teaching and learning in every school throughout the District.
This is yet another case of entitled society overrunning teachers who have little at their disposal in terms of remedying the issues. This is the new entitled society of people who must get their way, or else they destroy all before them. We’ve seen it in adults ever since the election. Now we are seeing it in their spawns. These teachers are helpless to fight the incidents because the parents are unlikely to support them.
Author: Jim Satney
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