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  1. scienceteach82

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    Apr 22, 2008

    Mother, Daughter Charged With Attacking Teacher

    POSTED: 3:39 pm EDT April 21, 2008
    UPDATED: 7:52 pm EDT April 21, 2008


    ATLANTA -- A high school teacher tells WSB-TV Channel 2 she was brutally attacked in her classroom by one of her students and the girl's mother.

    Police charged Georgia Thornton, 44, and her 17-year-old daughter Sequita with attacking Felecia Williams, a teacher at Southside High School on February 28. The official charges against the mother include battery on a school teacher, disrupting a public school, criminal trespass and theft by taking in connection with the alleged attack on teacher.

    Sequita Thornton was charged with battery on a teacher and disrupting a public school.

    Williams told WSB-TV Channel 2 that the teenager was failing her TV Production class. The teacher claims Georgia Thornton visited the school to complain about the girl's treatment and attacked her during the meeting, knocking her to the ground, kicking and punching her and pulling her hair. Williams claims Sequita Thornton joined the attack.

    “And then she threw the book back and just took me like this and then started flinging me everywhere,” said Williams.

    Williams said eventually two of her students stepped in and stopped the attack.

    “It was so scary and it took administration over ten minutes to come to my classroom to assist me,” said Williams.

    Williams said she is afraid to return to the classroom once her injuries have healed. Sequita Thornton has been allowed to attend classes again.

    Williams said she is unhappy to now be on workers comp and she’s only receiving two-thirds of her salary. She also told Channel 2 she wasn’t offered counseling and the school hasn’t responded to her request for a transfer.

    Officials for the Atlanta Public School System said attacks on teachers are rare and they are investigating the attack on Williams. School system spokesperson Joe Manguno said they are doing everything they can to help Williams through this period. He said the safety and security of students and staff are very important to the district.

    Copyright 2008 by WSBTV.com



    A student at my school attacked a teacher last year, and you better believe his @ss was expelled! I don't even know what to say about this. The student is back at school! I'm so disgusted with the administration at this school. I am so tempted to write a letter telling them how I feel...
    The student is smirking in the mug shot!
    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/15948462/detail.html
     
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  3. Miss W

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    :mad: I can't believe they wouldn't expel the student! :mad:
    That's ridiculous. Seriously, they're treating the teacher like it's all her fault.
     
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    :mad: This student should be expelled! What kind of message is that sending to her and the other students. That its okay to attack a teacher b/c you'll be allowed back in school?
     
  5. scienceteach82

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    Exactly. When I read the headline, I hoped it wasn't someone I knew. Many of our students come from that area, and the ones who got kicked out of our school went back to their home schools.
     
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    I work in APS, and we had heard rumors about this event before it made the headlines, but we all had assumed the system was handling the situation. I guess not. I would have taken out a warrant for both the mother and the daughter for their arrests.

    BTW, attacks on teachers are not rare, they're just not reported to the police for fear of reprimands from the system. Getting hit with chairs and hit by students happens more than people think.
     
  7. scienceteach82

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    I'd report it! Especially if my admin was dragging their feet, like they have many times in the past.
     
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    I am totally shocked that the student and the mother weren't arrested. I've heard of far more cases of that happening then the student being allowed to go back to school.

    Parents get arrested for yelling at bus drivers or at other students on the bus. The juvenile delinquent 1st grader who kicked the principal and swore at him got handcuffed and then expelled. We've had a couple of students enroll in our school because they were kicked out of their districts for attacking a teacher.

    Something odd is happening here. There has to be more to this story.
     
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    That is frightening. Who knew that teaching would eventually turn into a dangerous profession? :eek:
     
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    The teacher definitely needs to press charges. I wonder if she doesn't realize that?

    Amazingly, our small town has similar issues in that the district tries to hide all sorts of miscreants.
     
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    It's just hard to believe she's not pressing charges against the student and the mother.

    There's more on the news tonight, so I'll see what's up. I still think something is screwy. Maybe she didn't want to press charges because of something she's done? (If that sounds like making the victim the bad guy, I don't mean that. I'm just puzzled, and am wondering why she hasn't gone to the police.)

    Everyone knows that police can be called in. It isn't the first case in Atlanta (or elsewhere), and she surely is aware that teachers have this option.
     
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    Sad...but true!

    I would have to say I am appalled by the article. Teachers all over the nation (not only in Atlanta) are attacked daily. I am an administrator in training. I really feel that the teacher is not being supported in this matter. Current leadership schools of thought tend to lean towards students rights and forsaking teachers rights. I firmly believe that a school's success is based on good teachers! Teachers allow a school to work in harmony, like well oiled parts in a powerful engine. Without the parts the engine doesn't perform at peak level.
    I am a male and I can't say I would have handled the situation in a professional manner. I would have slammed the mother's head and the student's head into a wall, dragged them to the administrator's office (who should have been there with the teacher in a parent conference), and asked them to call the school resource officer to come and pick them up! To quote a wise man..."desperate times... call for desperate measures!"
    I digressed in the previous paragraph.... but I want my message to be clear! Teacher's are an essential component in today's schools! Parents, students, or performance standards are not the most important element in a school, but TEACHERS! Curse the day when schools and system/ school level administrators don't place teachers above all other issues in our schools today!
     
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    Someone stated that teachers had the option of calling the police, but if you are not career status most will not go against their principal on this issue. I had a high school student threaten me at parent pickup one day over his little sister. I told him (I was over 5 months preg. at the time) to go ahead and hit me and my husband would kill him. He knew me well enough to just cuss at me and leave. I called the high school principal and he suspended the student for a week, then took driving privileges for the rest of the year. He told me never to take that off of one of his students.:rolleyes: And the students and I all knew he meant it. He would take driving privileges if a student drove crazy at another school site or after school activity. This is a big deal to most of our students. I teach lower elementary and have had students throw desks at me. I never called the police because I was led to believe it was in my best interest not to. I have reported parents that threatened me and I have had parents escorted off the school grounds before.
     
  14. scienceteach82

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    The teacher who was hit at my school called the cops, and filed a report. We had 5 girls threaten to beat up the counselor! They were eventually removed. The counselor nearly broke down, but went on a mental health vacation to Florida instead.
    I would have called the cops if it was that severe. In some cases, I might fight back. Luckily it has never happened. Hopefully it won't.
     
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    The teacher needs to get a good lawyer & sue the school/district, parent & student. I know the parent & student don't have a pot to p#$$ on let along money but it's about the principle of the matter. If anything, criminal charges should be press. It's gotten way out of hand in the school system. How is that this continues to happen? Do we need to implement a security system such as the TSA in the school system? We all know all the nuisances we go through with this system-- but at least it can mitigate risk. Also, how is that it took the adminisration 10 minutes to get to the classroom? The school where I did my observation had cameras all around. Just my :2cents:!
     
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    If the admin. didn't back me up, I would have called the cops. I didn't see anything else about it on the news. Maybe one of our Atlanta teachers can find out more.

    I just don't get it. It's so unlike the school admins around here to not have the girl and mother arrested. I hear about it all the time on the news.
     
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    Looked at the picture, that girl did have a smirk on her face, burns me up!!!

    This is just terrible!
     

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