su_note note_color=”#efe1a7″ text_color=”#00000″ radius=”5”]Nashville teachers report chaos and violence is overtaking their classrooms after following policies by the Obama administration to reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions for minority students, mostly by keeping kids in school who don’t deserve to be there and disrupt learning for their classmates. Teachers can be penalized for referring students to the principal’s office. Students have become emboldened from the lack of consquences for bad behavior, and more students are joining them, causing the problem to spread. Some of the teachers have been injured and have received death threats from students while school administrators ignore the problem. District superintendent Shawn Joseph criticized teachers who want students suspended stating, “Your teachers are sometimes like that gladiator stadium, like they want blood. They want blood and they want you to feed them. They want you to feed them raw meat.”[/su_note]
In Nashville, teachers are complaining about chaos in the classroom and they’re blaming the district’s restorative justice student discipline policies for the mayhem.
A dozen teachers in Metro Nashville Public Schools agreed to discuss rampant student violence in a Teacher Town Hall coordinated by WTVF last weekend that focused on student discipline policies promoted by district superintendent Shawn Joseph.
The policies fall in line with efforts by the Obama administration to reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions for minority students, mostly by keeping kids in school who don’t deserve to be there and disrupt learning for their classmates.
In school districts across the country, the federal government encouraged schools to exchange suspensions for talking circles, counseling, or other restorative justice techniques that teach students there’s no serious repercussions for bad behavior.
Numerous Nashville teachers who spoke to WTVF described their schools as “total chaos,” with some receiving injuries and death threats from students with no help from administrators.
“I mean, there’s just no accountability for the students,” high school teacher Laura Leonard said.
“Students are in school and they are disruptive and they are running through the halls and they are using profanity and hurting other students,” elementary guidance counselor Constance Wade said.
Students have become so emboldened they’re now verbally abusing school police, prompting the Metro Nashville Police Department to pull three school resource officers from two different schools earlier this month and move them elsewhere to avoid the harassment, The Tennessean reports.
The Teacher Town Hall also comes amid turmoil in the district, with some board members supporting Joseph and others calling for his ouster. The split has resulted in an online petition urging Nashville board member Fran Bush to resign. Bush was elected in August on her opposition to Joseph’s policies and leadership, according to The Tennessean.