Teacher Shows a Better Way to Deal With an Uncooperative Student — Instead of VIOLENTLY Abusing Them!

A South Carolina police officer is seen accosting a student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, in video online.

A South Carolina police officer is seen accosting a student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, in video online.

(Video on Twitter)

RAWSTORY| A post on Twitter by user Damito Jo (@kiaspeakes) showed on Thursday how the violent incident at Spring Valley High School — in which a white “school safety” officer brutalized a teenage black girl — could have gone differently.

“A former co-worker just shared this,” wrote Damita Jo. “This is how good teachers respond to what happened at #springvalleyhigh.”

The post said:

About 90 minutes ago, I was observed by my principal. A student had his phone out, I asked him quietly to put it away. He told me he couldn’t. I immediately thought about “the situation.” I asked him if he was ok, he told me no and burst into tears. He walked out of the room, I contemplated following him. I was being observed after all. I followed my heart though. The young man’s brother was killed last night. I told him to write me a letter and express all his pain and use whatever words he wanted to express. He did it and I wrote back. It took me two minutes. When he walked out today, he said “I love you, Mrs. Turner-Swift. Thanks for listening to me.” I really only gave him maybe five minutes of my time. That’s all he needed; that’s why I teach!

  • Sandra Kathryn

    As if it wasn’t enough to post this drivel implying that parallels should be drawn between one incident and the other, though there was virtually nothing to suggest there were any similarities, you had to play the race card too – “in which a white “school safety” officer brutalized a teenage black girl”. Kudos to the teacher sensitive enough to know her student needed comforting (history of co-cooperativeness, brimming tears, halting speech, 6th sense etc.) but that wasn’t this. By all accounts, she was belligerent, disrespectful, and disregarded a reasonable directive.