Teacher yells, throws chair, knocks over tables in front of students

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 1:20pm

A McGavock High School algebra II teacher was removed from the building via ambulance Friday morning following an apparent nervous breakdown in front of his class.

According to McGavock’s executive principal Robbin Wall, the man yelled, turned over multiple tables, pushed over a filing cabinet and threw a chair, among other actions — all with high school students as witnesses.

“Fortunately, no student was hurt, no student was hit,” Wall said. “Some of our students were shaken up. Obviously, you can understand they would be a little scared.

“In my 32 years of being in education, I’ve never seen anything like that,” Wall said. “It continued from the classroom all the way down to my office where he was finally dealt with. He was removed from the building by ambulance. We couldn’t quite get him to calm down, but the school resource officer acted very professionally.

Ralph Thompson, the district’s assistant superintendent of student services, declined to reveal the teacher's name but said he was a veteran educator who had no disciplinary incidents on his record.

He stressed that the "nature of the incident was odd" and that he was taken to the hospital.

Asked what set the teacher off, Wall said he didn’t have a clue.

“Some of the comments he was making were very incoherent, scattered,” he said. “They didn’t make any sense. Everyone was trying to get him to calm down and talk.”

Wall said the school is back to normal operations, adding that the incident has become the topic of the day among students.

A substitute teacher has taken over the teacher’s class.

22 Comments on this post:

By: dartow on 10/8/10 at 1:24

If I had to deal with the youth of today I would probably have a melt down too. The kids of today have no respect for themselve's let alone elders (not all but...too many) and this is a direct result of the tree hugging, let's show the love, spanking is mean liberals out there. Notice I said spank not abuse for those of you who like to confuse the two. Also, the schools have been put in a position where they cannot exact dicipline because parents look for reasons to take legal action for a quick buck. They would rather have a little spending money than an honest hard working child. Pethetic is'nt it!

Back to basics & common sense!!!

By: dartow on 10/8/10 at 1:31

Part 2:
The other isssue is the fact that it takes two parents working 40 plus hours a week to stay in poverty or barely above it. That leaves no time for family, love or dicipline for that matter. And, this is if the child is lucky enough to have both paerent wich seems to be the exception rather than the rule these days.

Back to basics & common sense!!!

By: Cookie47 on 10/8/10 at 1:40

I had a teacher that demonstrated his karate skills by breaking the pencil sharpener off the wall with a roundhouse kick. Broke the damn thing right off the wall. He was pissed because a couple of kids gave the sub we had the day before a hard time. Nothing happened to him by the administration and we all towed the line for the rest of the year. THAT'S THE WAY THINGS SHOULD BE NOW! FEAR THE TEACHER, SIT DOWN, AND SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!!!

Back then we had discipline in the schools as well as at home. Now schools are a combat zone where the teachers have no authority and more often than not are the victim of intimidation and disrespect. Maybe one day we'll get all the panty-waste liberals out of education and bring back the needed discipline in our schools.


By: LFCRed on 10/8/10 at 3:06

Sieg, heil you wankers...
"Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin

By: LFCRed on 10/8/10 at 3:07

learned all those cute phrases on Faux News, did we??? the prob's in schools run a lot deeper than weather or not a teacher can spank a kid, knuckleheads...

By: LFCRed on 10/8/10 at 3:07

oops, whether - need an edit button for fat/faster-than-brain fingers...
"Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin

By: TITAN1 on 10/8/10 at 3:19

Most kids who cause trouble would laugh at being spanked, just to prove they are tough. You can discipline without spanking. But you are correct in that it all starts at home.

By: nashtnman on 10/8/10 at 4:44

The problems with our school systems start at home. Parents have pushed the responsibility of teaching right from wrong, sex education and basic morals onto the school system. Parents are to blame for the overwhelming majority of school problems.

By: reallylikereally on 10/8/10 at 7:29

So lets see, what happened to the kids in class that were way out of control. Thats on film too. I imagine nothing. What about the kid with his phone out filming. That is against school poilicy to have your phone out and to film is also against the rules and you can be suspended for it. However nothing will be done to the out of control students and while the teacher did have a crazy moment think about how you would react to those kids day after day. Discipline is out of the schools now as parents always blame the teachers, principals hands are tied on what they can do so they basically don't want students sent to them. Don't believe any statistics about discipline referrals being lower in schools. There are so many hoops to jump through before you can write a kid up most teachers dont bother anymore and schools can claim referrals dropped 50%.when in reality problems are just as bad. It starts at home with parents backing up teachers and having consequences for misbahviour at school, actually caring if there kid is passing and learning the material. Tecahers see kids in high school every other day for 1 class. That time should be spent on education not handling out of control kids.Test scores will never go up until parental support goes up. Notice the incentive pay didnt work from the Vandy study...why? Wello because teachers are already trying so offering them more money doesnt matter as they are already doing everything they can to get kids to pass, Offer the parents the monet if there student passes, that might help.

By: richgoose on 10/8/10 at 7:59

The poor teacher cracked trying to teach a course to an unwilling under intellectual student.
The students in general watched and said to each other as the teacher lost control ."The Dude got into some bad stuff." A nervous breakdown never entered their mind.

By: hlawicki on 10/9/10 at 1:41

The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9RLp8wZAlE

By: left on 10/9/10 at 6:06

All teachers should have a taser to keep students in line.

By: slacker on 10/9/10 at 6:35

Make this guy school superintendent.

By: cookeville on 10/9/10 at 8:59

I retired after 29 years of teaching reading skills to 8th graders. A 100,000 bucks at year would not have gotten me back into the classroom. I could always deal with dumb, but I never learned to deal with 'dumb and don't care'. Today's tv ads reflect pretty accurately the concerns of today's teens. School is a place to go because your friends are there. Education is an after thought. And that attitude lies solely on the parents. Instead of giving the kids attention, love, and responsibilities to be handled, they have given them toys and basically ignored the kids emotional needs. Instead of looking inward for rewards, the parents taught their kids to look outward to material rewards. It will be the death of this country. The demise of the ability to reason dooms a society. It leaves the door open to those who wish to control by using fear and hate. The door is open wider than we think. Before we are aware of it, it will have opened wide and chaos will enter. Bank on it.


By: richgoose on 10/9/10 at 9:28

COOKEVILLE.........Most people with an intellectual curiousity are well aware of the the situation that you mention. I think these people would willingly and generously like to do something about it. Unfortunately the government thinks that they can placate the underclass with welfare and by ignoring the fact that an underclass exists. The most horrible thing about these people is that they are elgible to vote.

By: WickedTribe on 10/10/10 at 11:58

Going by all the bullying reported lately, I think the kids today are really sick and twisted. No wonder they drove this poor guy crazy.

By: Funditto on 10/11/10 at 8:22

I'm with slacker!

By: Cookie47 on 10/11/10 at 10:21

I'm with Slacker as well but give him a tazer and a billy club to carry.


By: pswindle on 10/11/10 at 10:34

What were the kids doing to push him over the edge. One can stand just so much.

By: Trumpetman on 10/11/10 at 12:00

Ok, not taking the side of the students or anything, but did it say anywhere in this article about the students driving him to this point??? No it didn't. The students may have had something to do with it, however, he must have been dealing with losts of other issues outside of school that caused this to happen. He had been teaching for 17 years, so Im pretty sure he knew how to hadle students of all sorts. Also, it was said by other faculity members at the school that he had a history of mental issues that had been pretty much kept under control. So I don't think this rage he had was all due to unrully students. As an educator myself, no student is worth me loosing my job, or embarrising myself like that. And as I said already, Im sure after 17 years of teaching he has experienced all types of behavior from students and knows how to handle it with out going into rage, so obviously it was sparked by other issues he was dealing with.

By: howelln on 10/11/10 at 3:37

In addition to the almost total lack of respect that children have for the adults in their lives, another problem is the block scheduling that is in place at most Metro high schools. It is ridiculous to think that even the best student's mind can stay focused on math, or almost any subject, for an hour and a half with no break.

By: Trumpetman on 10/11/10 at 7:42

Totally agree, I think Metro's new AB block scheduling is the worst thing they could have possibly done. The students are in the one class entirely too long, teens attention spans are already minimal and they only get 5 to 6 mins in between the long classes. Both the teachers and students are miserable after the first hour, especially if it is the lunch block which is longer at most schools. Also this new thing, inclusion, meaning mixing special ed students with regular ed, usually behavioral students. And most classes are way over crowded, 35+ students in classes .So Im not sidding the teachers or students, Im fauting the school system, the ones who make the decisions,who are not even in the schools.