This is way beyond talking out of turn — today’s public-school students are hellions who attack educators, shout X-rated bile and make bomb threats with impunity, teachers told The Post.
“If I had a dime for every time I was told to suck something, I’d be a millionaire,” said a female Jamaica, Queens, high-school teacher.
“They know the system. They can say whatever they want to us and get away with it, but we can’t say a thing to them.”
When teachers use what little leverage they have, the kids do their best to get the educators in hot water.
“You can’t even tell a student that they aren’t going to pass a test or a class anymore because they will go to an administrator and complain that you made them feel uncomfortable and we’ll get written up,” she added.
The situation is no better in elementary schools, a teacher at Staten Island’s PS 44 said.
“In the lunchroom, there are constant fights . . . I had to go to urgent care. I was kicked in the knee [by a student]. I was limping for a week. I had blocks thrown at me,” she said.
Meanwhile, “students who’ve caused mischief are rewarded with pizza parties and leadership tickets when they show episodic good behavior.”
A teacher at Urban Assembly HS in Brooklyn said his supervisor looked the other way when a student threatened, “If you fail me, I’ll blow up the school.”
“My AP [assistant principal] said, ‘I can’t report that,’ ” he fumed. “One of the reasons, I’m told, is that the administration wants the numbers [of suspensions and lesser disciplines] down. There’s no discipline enforced.”
A Brooklyn high-school teacher said principals sometimes weaponize students against them.
“If you are targeted by the principal, they use [students] as spies in the classroom. [Students] will report the teacher, provoke them to catch them in something,” the educator said. “They’ll record you and use it as evidence for themselves or for the administrators or to post to social media.
“The administrators and principals are giving these kids a false sense of power that they don’t have.”
It wasn’t always so bad, a Manhattan junior high school teacher said.
“Before, you couldn’t get away with saying, ‘F you’ to a teacher or ‘Suck my d–k.’ But now there is no accountability,” she said.
The teachers are almost always the ones to take heat for students’ poor behavior, according to a Bronx high-school educator.
“The bottom line is, we get blamed for everything in impossible situations — by the administrators, by the DOE and, yes, by the press as well. People are tired of it. This isn’t why we became teachers,” she said.
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