White Teacher Fired For Defending Bullied Black Student
An Arizona teacher was canned for defending a fourth-grade boy from bullies who called him the N-word, “monkey” and “crackhead” after one bully’s mother complained, the tormented boy’s family and other community members say.
Via NY Daily News reports:
Pam Aister, a 25-year teaching veteran, was booted from her classroom at Four Peaks Elementary School near Phoenix after administrators said she was too harsh on a group of boys who’d been picking on 9-year-old Malachi Gillis.
The Gillises told local CBS5 the abuse was so bad they had to move Malachi to a different school.
“‘You belong to a zoo,’ ‘stupid head,’ ‘monkey,’ ‘crackhead,'” said Malachi, quoting what he said were daily taunts from a group of five boys.
Things came to head last spring when Aister confronted the alleged bullies.
“He is not alone. When you pick on him, you pick on me,” Aister told the group, according to CBS5. “It is not five to one anymore. It is five to two.”
School administrators said a mother of one the alleged bullies complained.
Aister was accused of threatening the boys, telling them to “shut up” and belittling one over his “ugly face,” according to one report.
At a hearing Monday, Fountain Hills Unified School District officials voted 4-1 to fire her.
Jennifer Gillis told CBS5 the decision was infuriating.
“That makes me beyond mad because why is she being fired for something she is supposed to do?” she fumed.
“She’s supposed to be standing up for the students,” she said. “They didn’t like it, so it turned into her threatening the kids because she stood up for this one black child in her class.”
Supporters have launched a petition on Change.org to have Aister reinstated, and by Thursday it had received more than 2,200 signatures.
“She was my teacher almost 14 years ago, she was wonderful then, and she’s still doing wonderful work with kids now,” one commenter wrote.
Some parents, though, backed the board’s decision, saying it was time for Aister to go.
“In this instance, these parents — everyone knowing what they know about her reputation and knowing there was actual proof and knowing there was more than one witness — felt that this was their opportunity to finally bring to light the way that she treats certain children,” parent Nicole Perkins told CBS5.
Well actually, the teacher wasn’t fired for defending the student but handling the situation improperly. What do you think about the teacher being fired??