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AZ Teacher Fired After Defending Student From Racist Bullies



Pam Aister (pictured), an Arizona teacher, was fired for defending a Black student against racist bullies, CBS5 reports.

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The incident happened this past May at Four Peaks Elementary School. Fourth-grade teacher Aister noticed the student being harassed by five boys who’d targeted him before. The boys had reportedly been calling 9-year-old Malachi Gillis, “monkey,” crackhead,” and said, “You belong to a zoo.”

In response, Aister reported told the boys, “He is not alone. When you pick on him – you pick on me. It is not five to one anymore. It is five to two. There will be no more taunting, teasing, and racial names called. That is not acceptable here; do you understand?”

Per a report by a district-appointed hearing officer, a Mother of one of the bullies complained, saying she found Aister’s actions threatening. That officer recommended Aister’s firing, partially because she allegedly wouldn’t take responsibility for her conduct. The board agreed and terminated Aister during a special meeting last week, voting 4-1.

Dr. C.T. Wright, the lone dissenter in the group, said Aister’s punishment was too much, especially given her 25 years of excellent service in the district.

Others who came to the meeting in support of Aister were upset by the decision. “Even if mistakes were made, it sends the wrong message to the student body, to the other parents — that a group of Moms can get together and get the school board on their side to bully a teacher,” said Drew Coleman.

Others supported the firing.

“In this instance, these parents, everyone knowing what they know about her (Aister’s) reputation and knowing there was actual proof and knowing there was more than one witness – felt that this was their opportunity to finally bring to light the way that she treats certain children,” said Nicole Perkins, who has children at the school that didn’t have Aister as a teacher.

But Gillis’ mother was also angry at the decision.

“That makes me beyond mad because why is she being fired for something she is supposed to do?” Jennifer Gillis asked. “She’s supposed to be standing up for the students. They didn’t like it, so it turned into her threatening the kids because she stood up for this one Black child in her class.”

CBS5 tried getting comment from the board members, but they quickly departed after the meeting.

Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise in the same state that passed the racist SB 1070 into law.

Watch a news report about the incident here


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Comment by Mike k on October 14, 2014 at 11:26am

I couldn't agree with you more @ ed mentis. anything to do with celebrity and sex they are all over it.

Comment by ed mentis on October 13, 2014 at 10:33pm

Its amassing how few comments there are for this story. But you look at the garbage about JZ and the rest of the comatose black celebrities and the comments are 6 plus pages long. No wonder we are getting our asses kicked day in and day out. Too many blacks have their heads up other peoples asses and minding their business  that don't give a rats behind about them. When the hell are we going to wake up. Stories like this we should be focusing on not dumb ass JZ. With all the shootings and crap that is happening to us around this country when did any of these celebrities spoke up and said anything. Bunch a P******. This Lady has more guts than any of them.

Comment by Kelvin D Hodge on October 8, 2014 at 10:39am
Well the country is clearly heading into that direction, but u can see what the white police is doing to us. God bless this lady for doing the right thing, she is what u call real people.
Comment by Beverley Ferron on October 8, 2014 at 6:51am
They obviously ave had a dislike for this teacher for a while n now has been their chance of gettin rid of her..she needz to sue their ass...this Is blatant racism..!! I thought kidz were sent to school to be taught by teacherz which she woz doin but somehow she got fired b'coz it woz a Black child she woz defendin smh..!! Fix up America..!!
Comment by rashid rourk on October 7, 2014 at 7:52pm
Arizona has been in the news often regarding their racial practices. Remember, they were forced to make MLK a national holiday in their state.
Comment by Regina Menzies Manuel on October 7, 2014 at 4:58pm
I agree with you Michelle question is what the mother, who complained, thought about what her child's actions. Did she think his "learned racism" was threatening to that individual child? One day, it may not only be a verbal confrontation and more than his feelings will be bruised. #thinkaboutit
Comment by Michele Richards on October 7, 2014 at 3:36pm
She needs to take their as*** to court racist pigs all of them, thank you teacher, you will win when it reaches the high court and win mucho bucks for being fired by those as******, that they call the board. How could they treat her and the black child being bullied like this. Only in America!
Comment by Mike k on October 7, 2014 at 2:29pm

I cant believe what I am reading here. There must be more to this story. What!!!!! What about her and the boy she was defending civil rights?

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