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Shocking Video Shows Teacher Stuck In The Middle Of A Violent Classroom Fight As The Rest Of Her Students Do NOTHING To Help

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Helpless: A teacher at a Florida high school is caught on camera as she unsuccessfully tries to stop two girls from fighting in her classroom. At one point she became a barricade between the girls

Helpless: A teacher at a Florida high school is caught on camera as she unsuccessfully tries to stop two girls from fighting in her classroom. At one point she became a barricade between the girls

A shocking video shows a teacher helplessly stuck in the middle of a classroom fight - with no one coming to her aid.

The footage, recorded by a teenage boy in the class at Gibbs High School in St Petersburg, Florida, shows two young girls exchanging a war of words with their classmates egging them on.

The female teacher initially stands between the girls, trying to get them to calm down, but then the students start lashing out at each other - and she can do nothing but stand back and watch.

Other students clear tables to make way for the fight, while they encourage the girls to scrap.

The fighting students can be seen pulling each other's hair, slapping each other's faces and dragging each other across the floor in the four-minute footage.

The teacher can do nothing but abandon any effort to continue teaching the class.

 

At some point, she called for help, but it is not clear when, Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra told the Tampa bay Times.

A campus monitor, two administrators and another teacher responded to the fight, Parra said. On the video, a group can be seen pulling the two girls apart.

She would not reveal the grade or name of the teacher because it could identify the students.

St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz told the Times that officers were not called to the scene.

Fight
Fight

Out of control: She can be seen left at the corner of the frame as she gets between the girls - but they push past her, with one girl grabbing the other's hair, right

 

Violent: She drags the girl to the ground by her hair as a classmate films the vicious fight

Violent: She drags the girl to the ground by her hair as a classmate films the vicious fight

 

At a loss: The teacher stands by, right, and tries to tell students to calm down while the fight continues

At a loss: The teacher stands by, right, and tries to tell students to calm down while the fight continues

 

'The (school resource officer) wasn't aware of this until well after it was over,' he said. 'It is our understanding that the school is handling it internally.'

The video of the fight was posted on Facebook and later removed - but it continued to circulate.

The student who filmed the fight, as well as the two students involved, are now both facing punishment, which could be anywhere between suspension, school reassignment and expulsion.

Board members said that Gibbs High has struggled with a poor reputation due to the number of fights on campus, and said they feared that this incident would only worsen that belief.

'I am extremely hurt because we have really been making strides and Gibbs itself has been making strides,' board member Rene Flowers said. 'Now you have this situation that sets it back.'

She added that she was stunned to see the disrespect the students showed the teacher.

Probe: Officials are dealing with the incident internally and the students involved face punishments

Probe: Officials are dealing with the incident internally and the students involved face punishments

 

Lisa Wheeler-Brown, president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations, agreed.

'Number one, I don't see how this could go on in a classroom - the students could just blatantly disrespect the teacher and the other students who want to learn,' she told the Times.

'It's a sad reality that in too many of our classrooms, teachers spend just as much time trying to keep control as they do teaching.'

Last year, Gibbs High School issued 76 out-of-school suspensions for fighting, the most of any Pinellas high school. It also had the highest rate of suspensions, with 20.5 percent of students suspended for at least one day last year.

But Parra said the number of school arrests had dropped, from 23 this time last year to 13.




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Comment by Cee Gee on February 4, 2014 at 10:32am

Shameful behavior....

Comment by Shaneece on February 2, 2014 at 3:25pm
F*** it. Let them kill themselves. If they weren't fighting they would be twerking anyway. Waste of space.
Comment by Bobby on February 2, 2014 at 8:34am

Loftus said it best (& it's the 1st thing I saw) - School motto is "Home of the Gladiators". Don't hate the gladiators...hate the Coliseum.

Comment by carolyn johnson on February 1, 2014 at 3:31pm

dam kids done wont to learn and you think they will help a teacher hell no people don't help people

Comment by Deshawn Thomas on February 1, 2014 at 12:50pm
what type of parents are raising
theses kids only come to school
settle an beef fight it out in class
i can put money on it the mothers
raise them are some hs.dropouts
grew up the bad part of the ghetto
why do you think there daughters
turn out being hs trouble makers
they pickup that kind bad behavior
from there parents don,t disciple
now an days theses hs young kids
can,t trust them never really know
whats in there mo,if there holding
its hard for alot of hs teachers
focus on doing there job handle
when an fight break out in class
to an point wild crazy young teens
get violent and as being hs teacher
you doing your part brings problems
under control before the commotion
end up get way outta hand her class
i don,t know why did the students
put it on facebook post an video
once the video footage out reveal
the feds are getting the hold the video
Comment by mr1stroke on February 1, 2014 at 12:18pm

well not only she has to teach those little bastards she also has to risk her life to stop them from killing each other, well if thats what they go to school for let them kill each other pack your bag go home and inform security on your way out, youve done your part

Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 1, 2014 at 3:20am

damn

Comment by Deshawn Thomas on January 31, 2014 at 6:51pm
the high school teachers only can
handle so much in there classrms
control dealing with there students
are hard-headed don,t wanna listen
just wasting time come to school
pickup classrm space disrupt class
i can see obvious then two girls
have beef with each other personal
need be settle nothing but real war
Comment by Loftus on January 31, 2014 at 5:12pm

Online definition of gladiator:  a professional fighter who fought another combatant or a wild animal in public entertainments set in an arena. They were just living up to the name of the school...be careful what you wish for. In this case, what you school's "logo" represents.

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