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March 21, 2011 - Marguerite Lanthier
Recently a teacher in California was placed on paid administrative leave after he rattled a table to get the attention of his math students, startling an eighth-grade girl who used her cell phone to call 911. Officials at the school said the teacher was placed on leave because there was a police response. Growing up in Niagara in the 1970s, we had a very strict male teacher who taught fifth grade. He didn’t rattle tables; he slammed his hand on the metal drafting table he sat at. I remember sitting in his class, the first day of school getting the crap scared out of me by the slamming of that hand. I don’t think I said three words to that teacher and I certainly didn’t misbehave, because he also showed us the red paddle he kept in the closet, threatening to dust it off on bottom any student who stepped out of line. Even if we would have had cell phones back then, non of us would have dared use one to make a call to complain about being startled by the teacher. And if we did the cops would have probably laughed. Times change.
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