North Carolina teacher resigns after video of him verbally attacking student

Society has come a long way in terms of managing, treating and educating our children. Gone are the days of wrapping a child on his knuckles with a ruler or having immature outbursts against children.

Well, it looks like a staff member at Southwest Onslow High School didn’t get the memo.

A North Carolina teacher quit after getting into hot water over a viral video that showed him scolding students.

The video was recorded by a sophomore at the school named Cimayiah Josey.

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According to the student, the lesson started fairly normally, with the teacher posting a quiz on the topics the class had learned. However, things would very suddenly take a turn for the worse.

When the teacher told his students to put away their phones and computers so they could take the quiz, one of the students made a sarcastic remark in response.

Now, sarcastic remarks are fairly normal for teenagers, especially early in the morning, and may warrant a warning or mild correction.

Josey also mentioned that the student and teacher usually had a joking relationship, and the response was not out of the ordinary at all.

The teacher launched into a tirade against the students.

Josey began recording after the teacher allegedly started yelling at the student and using inappropriate language. That’s when the professor turned his sudden rage on Josey.

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The teacher berated Josey and the rest of the class, using oddly specific words to describe their future, saying, “You can go through life and live on the system. Pull your paycheck on the 1st and 15th of my taxes and live an absolutely horrible life. I do not care. You can be another statistic.

While the whole tirade was inappropriate, Josey was particularly embarrassed by the above comment, saying, “I felt like what he was saying was wrong. I felt like it was motivated by race. It was disrespectful.”

Apparently the teacher got so upset that he threw a book on the floor and hit the floor and a desk with a golf club.

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The teacher resigned from his position shortly after the incident.

After submitting his resignation, the teacher no longer works at Southwest Onslow High School and the school has since released a statement regarding the incident: “In the Onslow County school system, we only expect highest standards of behavior from our students and staff, and that we treat every member of our school family with dignity and respect.”

“The type of behavior displayed in this situation will not be tolerated and is certainly not representative of the employees of Southwest High School, or any other employee who works in our district.”

It is an educator’s job to uplift and set an example for their students, not to throw senseless tantrums and rant about how they will mean nothing in their lives.

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