Burnt Out or Bad? Texas Teacher Placed on Leave After Calling Students “Morons”
Times have been hard for everyone, and teachers are no exceptions. The constant virtual then a face-to-face switch is sure to cause stress and turbulence inside the classroom.
Pressure is High and so is Burnouts
COVID has teachers burned out, staffing is low and pressure is high. One Texas teacher may have gotten burnout early on in her career. A first-year junior high teacher near Houston was recently put on administrative leave after a recording of a conversation she had in school was discovered.
The teacher was voicing frustration about her job. In the recording, the teacher could be heard calling her students "utter morons" and admitting "I want to be fired."
A reporter at KHOU posted a small portion of the recording to Twitter. The teacher "If I have to keep dealing with kids that are complete and utter morons, I'm done." Times are hard and our teachers are so overworked but this one may have reached their breaking point. She continues to say, "I want to be fired at this point. I literally am going to hurt myself if I have to keep coming here."
School District Steps In
The school district called the teacher's comments "disturbing" and said she was placed on leave on January 13. One of the more disturbing comments that were made was one where she talked about her feelings towards the students,
"I have never in my life dealt with kids that are so awful that if they fell into a river I would let them float away."
KHOU reported the school district addressed the recording, "Parents trust us with their students every day and, unfortunately, the actions of a single person have the potential to breach that trust."
Not a Reflection of the Campus
To clear any ethical concerns the school district made it clear, "That is why it is important to underscore that the hardworking, dedicated staff at Wright Junior High School work to create a place where all students feel included and valued, and the comments made in the video are not a reflection of the campus as a whole."