MBT: A student from the school has commented below. Evidently, so far, the student who beat Ms. Berry is still in class – apparently no dicisplinary actions have been taken against her.
First the prinicpal blames the teacher, then nothing is done. Unfortunately, I guess it is open season on teachers for students who don’t want to sit in their seats during class.
So now we have come to this. We are a society in which the worse behavior is rewarded with fame and fortune. We live in the society of instant videos and MySpace uploading and getting famous for being bad and getting rich for being even worse.
Jolita Berry has become famous for having the sh*t beat out of her and having a video of the attack uploaded onto MySpace by her students. Isn’t that great fun.
(CNN) — Two teachers at a Baltimore, Maryland, high school say they were attacked by students, and one says such assaults are commonplace, according to CNN affiliate WBAL.
The school district says it is investigating and will take appropriate action, but both art teacher Jolita Berry and English teacher Marc Standish say the administration has failed to protect and support them.
“I looked over, and her friends were cheering her on. And before I knew it, she hit me in the face,�? Berry told WBAL after cell-phone video depicting what she said was a student beating her last Friday appeared on the social networking Web site MySpace.com.
Ms. Berry says that places of learning shouldn’t be this violent. Indeed!
Unfortunately, I don’t think this sort of very bad behavior is not going to stop until we stop rewarding it. We live in a society that has worked really hard for the past couple of decades to prevent anyone from having to face consequences for their behavior. We don’t want kids feeling bad if they don’t excel at EVERYTHING. We don’t want our little darlin’s to have a tear on their cute little cheeks. What we get for cushioning the fall of everyone in every circumstance is a society full of narcissistic little sociopaths who haven’t got a clue of what it means to take responsibility for their own behavior.
At some point in time, in some way, we are going to have to come back to basic values of human decency. Silly things like ‘honor’, ‘integrity’, ‘honesty’, ‘duty’. If you aren’t familiar with those words, you might can still find their definitions in the dictionary. They’ve been out of vogue so long, I’m not sure if they are still considered part of our vocabulary.
Jolita Berry Interview Video