It was in this oasis of tranquility that I sat down to check my email on my VERY OWN classroom computer! (Pardon the capitals, but I haven’t had an actual COMPUTER in my room in SEVEN years, so I am just giddy over it. No printer, but hey, these things take time, right? And even if I had a printer, it would run out of toner by Thanksgiving anyway, but I digress).
So, now this is all MY FAULT? I brought this on myself because I am not "ENGAGING"???? REALLY??? And the kids can call me "white bitch" and tell me to "move my white ass" or that I "smell white", but they don't know I'm white and don't mean anything by it? REALLY???? I maintain that if the racial makeup was reversed, she wouldn't DARE say these things, nor belittle them to this extent. I feel as if I have been violated again - a classic "blame the victim" argument that is completely FALSE. I am the VICTIM here --the VICTIM of bias crimes and ASSAULTS and I get told about MANAGEMENT?
The meeting ended with a promise to come into my classes the next day and discuss “appropriate behavior with the young people”. She showed up once, for the ONE Honors class I teach which gives NO trouble at all, and prattled on about how she has “high expectations for everyone and that no one should allow themselves to be distracted by the behavior of others”. Later that day, I left in an ambulance.
Hey, thanks for the help.