The New York Daily News reports that last December, several students alleged that Elvira Sacco, 55, a teacher at the Secondary School for Journalism on Seventh Ave., lost her cool when seventh- and eighth-graders became disruptive during a movie and launched into a tirade that included the N-word.
One of her students, Pryce-Gary Forbes, 13, previously told the Daily News that the enraged teacher had yelled: "You don't know how to act. You're acting lower class. You're acting like a whole bunch of n------."
Mind you, Sacco is Caucasian and half the class is African-American. Duoh!
So let me get this straight: screaming the "N" word to a bunch of tweens and teens is exemplary behavior?
After the incident, Sacco was sent to a reassignment center -- a "rubber room" -- and disciplinary action is still pending. Apparently, Sacco has been spoken to about using profanity in the classroom in the past, and it's likely the teacher will, once again, get little more than a slap on the wrist.
Now, trying to wrangle a room full of kids high on burgeoning hormones can be hell. But as a teacher, whose job it is to lead by example, it's the epitome of self-indulgence and irresponsibility to use a term so loaded with hatred -- no matter the context. She better watch her ass or she'll have no class -- in the literal sense of the word.
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|