Wednesday, March 2, 2011

911, What's Your Emergency? Come Quick! My Teacher Startled Me By Rattling a Table!

This has to be one of the most absurd things we've read in a while -- and if you read this blog regularly, you know we bring you some crazy shiat! This happened in San Jose, Calif.
An eighth-grade math teacher at Atherton's Selby Lane School rattled a table to get his students' attention Tuesday afternoon, police said. He succeeded on that score. But the demonstration landed him on paid administrative leave. Officers went to the campus at 2:26 p.m. to check on reports of a teacher causing a disturbance in a classroom and possibly throwing objects, said Sgt. Tim Lynch of the Atherton Police Department. When officers arrived, however, they found a calm teacher with class in session and determined nothing had been thrown. Lynch said it appears the teacher's table-rattling act startled a female student who left the class and called police from a cell phone. "My impression by talking to her was that she was disturbed by what the teacher was doing," Lynch said. Most of the students in the class weren't bothered by the teacher's actions, Lynch said. Though the teacher "dramatically" made his point, "it wasn't a teacher out of control," he added. Redwood City School District Deputy Superintendent John Baker said the teacher will remain on leave pending an investigation. He said he didn't know what specifically happened and would interview the teacher, the student and her parents in the coming days, as well as other students. No complaints have been lodged against the teacher in the past, Baker said. The district put the teacher on leave because of the police response and the nature of the complaint, he said.
Did we miss something? Since no other student said the teacher did anything inappropriate or illegal, why was the teacher suspended and why wasn't the student who called 911 suspended or carted away in handcuffs and charged with filing a police report? Questions. Questions. Questions.

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