This story will make the fuzzy hairs on your arm stand on end with disgust. Just when you think school is a safe place to send your kids ...
The New York Daily News reports a teacher and aide in Queens "orchestrated a sick wrestling contest between students in a locked classroom."
Prosecutors charged teachers Joseph Gullotta and Abraham Fox with child endangerment and pulled them from their jobs after they allegedly transformed the classroom into a "gladiator arena."
When 10-year-old Tomas Rivera started arguing with a classmate at Public School 65 in Ozone Park, Gullotta made the inane suggestion they duke it out instead of acting like a teacher and encouraging a peaceful resolution.
"A girl in the class was told to shut the door, and students were told to stand at a safe distance as the mini-grapplers got ready to rumble. 'Everybody in my class was laughing,' said Jonathan Michael, a fourth grader. 'They were fighting over some pencils, and they were bleeding.'"
Both kids were bleeding and injured, but the teachers kept the kids from going to the nurse -- then attempted to absolve themselves from responsibility by telling the kids to lie about what happened! The instigating teacher was reassigned to a "rubber room," and the assistant was suspended without pay.
|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.|