Detroit Teacher Gets the Boot After Using a Broom to Break Up a Fight

May 06, 2014, 12:41 AM

There was mayhem in a classroom at Pershing High School in Detroit.

Two students got into physical fight four about 30 seconds last Wednesday that was recorded on a phone video camera. A female teacher tried breaking it up by using a broom and hitting one of the students with the broom, Fox 2 reports.

The teacher was fired because of what the school called child abuse when she hit the student with a broom. The students were suspended for 10 days.

Fox 2 reports that a student finally stepped in and pulled the two students apart. Fox 2 reported that the teacher's walkie-talkie wasn't working so she couldn't call for back up. 

Keith Johnson, President of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, tells Fox 2's Maurielle Lue he believes the teacher was wrong for using a broom, although he understands her motive.

"Unfortunately, the method that she used, in terms of swatting one with a broom, is a violation of the corporal punishment provision under the Michigan school code," he said. "But she's caught in a quandary because under that same code she's expected to do what is necessary to diffuse a situation." .


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