California teacher on leave after he rattles table in class, prompting student to call 911

A California school teacher 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 police. Full Story
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Anastasia Beaverhausen

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Mar 2, 2011
Suspend the little brat. If an eighth-grader can't handle a teacher rattling a table to get the students' attention, I fear for the future of this country.

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Since: Jul 08

Brooklyn Park

#2 Mar 2, 2011
Why wasn't the girl's cell phone turned off in the classroom? That was a frivolous call and the girl should pay for all damages.
Brilliant

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 2, 2011
Lay off, she's a future Michele Bachmann!

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Bobster

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Mar 2, 2011
What is your emergency? Some one is rattling a table and it scared me.
NKP GUY

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Mar 2, 2011
California? Whoda thunk! I'd say another Nancy Pelosi in the making!
Thrall

Lincoln, AL

#11 Mar 2, 2011
Welcome to the idiotic state of America! The teacher was placed on leave why? Because there was a police response? Geez, talk about compounding the problem! This is an example of bureaucracy run amok. Simple mistake- the police and principal should have ascertained that on the spot. But no, now the poor guy is placed on leave, the class disrupted further, his permanent record has a blight, and he's on the news!! My gosh how stupid we have become!
Nostradumass

Maple Plain, MN

#12 Mar 2, 2011
The world in ending
Ray Marshall

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Mar 2, 2011
That deputy superintendent who makes probably $150,000 a year to be a manager has no right to have any responsibility if he hasn't the ability exercise good judgment.. Unfortunately, that is the case in most school districts.

I once, about 1970, called the Orono School District to report that a student driving a Drivers Training car, with instructor, was speeding, 45 in a 35 in Wayzata on Highway 12. The Superintendent replied, "Well, speed isn't the only thing that causes accidents."
Judy

El Dorado Springs, MO

#14 Mar 2, 2011
And you know that her parents are going to be backing her 100%. I'm sure they're real proud of the little darling.
ed gein

Watseka, IL

#15 Mar 2, 2011
Stupid Student, they should have suspended her.

Since: Jan 11

Maplewood, MN

#16 Mar 2, 2011
Are you kidding me?? Those kids are lucky they aren't growing up in school when I did. They could've gotten more than a freeking rattled table!! Teach these kids a lesson, start using the rulers again. Who is teaching these kids right from wrong? Obviously not her parents and the school district isn't helping much either by punishing the wrong person!!
TedsLiver

United States

#17 Mar 2, 2011
The parents are lining up to sue and cash in.
Sarah D

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Mar 2, 2011
All he did was rattle a table? Good heavens my 7th grade biology teacher use to throw blackboard erasers at kids who weren't paying attention. Yet he was one of the most popular teachers in school.
Curmudgeon

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Mar 2, 2011
What a baby. Old school tactics included getting your foot stepped on, hairs on the back of your head pulled and rulers to the knuckles. What the hell was a cell phone doing in class???
Mark Winshel

Concord, CA

#21 Mar 2, 2011
A few decades ago back when I was in school, there was one particular student who detested phys ed so much, that therefore he got in the habit of leaving school early and going home so he could get out of phys ed.

(More specifically, since his phys ed class that year was seventh period, and which was the last class on his schedule, therefore at the end of the sixth period he would just walk out the door and go home.)

So after this had been going on for a few consecutive meetings of the phys ed class, the phys ed teacher had started to notice a pattern and therefore was getting suspicious.

However I never remember that particular teacher doing such things as sending a student to the Dean of Boys or the principal - instead he normally worked out things on his own.

So since the phys ed teacher also had that student in his Health class, at the next session of the Health class, and which was a few days later, the teacher mentioned to that student, and in front of the entire twenty or so students in the Health class, that he expected to see X at the next phys ed class.

While the teacher did not yell or scream in any way or even raise his voice, however by his manner he made it perfectly obvious that he had figured out what had been going on and that he did not expect it to continue. Of course if that happened today, the phys ed teacher and the school would probably be sued for hurting the student's feelings, and perhaps the teacher would also be suspended or fired for being insensitive.

In other words, now we have the inmates running the asylum.
Javier

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Mar 2, 2011
Correction wrote:
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Wow! You must lead an exciting life to be able to remember such a fascinating incident!
And you must be a real burn-out to forget such incidents. Put down the pipe and open a window. Theres a whole sober, wonderful world out there just waiting to be remembered.

Since: Jun 09

Lincoln, NE

#24 Mar 2, 2011
Maybe she should be charged for the abuse of the 911 system. Maybe her parents should get a bill for what it cost to send emergency personnel out there.
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Mar 2, 2011
This is a result of parent(s) not teaching their children right from wrong. Not teaching a child how to access a situation before reacting. I feel sorry for the children of today. NO COMMON SENSE which is needed to survive on a daily basis.
scout

San Francisco, CA

#27 Mar 2, 2011
Why would ANY REAL TEACHER want to attempt teaching?
Correction

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Mar 2, 2011
Javier wrote:
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And you must be a real burn-out to forget such incidents. Put down the pipe and open a window. Theres a whole sober, wonderful world out there just waiting to be remembered.
Nope, I'm too busy doing new and interesting things to obsess about trivia from 41 years ago.

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