Shayn Roby’s Take: If Superintendent Sandra Lyon thinks that a teacher defending himself is “inappropriate” after he had been struck in the face twice, then HER JUDGEMENT is lacking and perhaps SHE should consider resigning. She has since written an apology about her initial email. However, her “apology” states,”
“I apologize that my comments focuses solely on the message that teachers should not physically engage when disciplining students or intervening without underscoring that we need to obtain all the details leading up to this situation before we reach conclusions,” Lyon wrote in the second statement, which was sent out Saturday night.”
“I realize that teachers sometimes face situations where they feel they must take action to protect students or themselves, and teachers must be supported with programs, training and services that will allow them to manage potentially dangerous situations,” she wrote. “I am going to work with the staff to review our efforts in this area.”
NO…..she should step down, because it’s obvious that her judgement is lacking TRAINING AND SERVICES will do nothing to help the situation. The main SERVICE that is lacking is an administrator who has the courage to place the safety of students, faculty and staff above protecting her own image in the court of public opinion. Her position that it is never appropriate to engage with a student is deplorable. Perhaps she should be required to remain still while the same student that punched Mr. Black in the face is allowed to get two free shots in on her. Perhaps her perspective might then change. This boy was arrested by police. He was totally out of line, and Superintendent Lyon was more worried about protecting her district from a lawsuit than she was worried about maintaining a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff at the school.