This story is a few days old, but the stupid from it still burns. Apparently, a popular science teacher was removed from teaching classes, because someone shat their pants in fear of his students’ science projects.
Schiller was ordered to report daily to a district administrative office pending an investigation after two students turned in science projects that were designed to shoot small projectiles.
One project used compressed air to propel a small object, but it was not connected to a source of air pressure, so it could not have been fired. (In 2012, President Obama tried out a more powerful air-pressure device at a White House Science Fair that could launch a marshmallow 175 feet.) [emphasis mine]
Another project used the power from an AA battery to charge a tube surrounded by a coil. When the ninth-grader proposed it, Schiller told him to be more scientific, to construct and test different coils and to draw graphs and conduct additional analysis, said the student’s parents, who also are Los Angeles teachers.
A school employee saw the air-pressure project and raised concerns about what looked to her like a weapon, according to the teachers union and supporters. Schiller, who said he never saw either completed project except in photos, was summoned and sent home.
Yeah, I was speechless too. Apparently some sniveling cuntsore soiled herself at the thought of a kid being able to construct something that propels small objects, and decided that it was time to get rid of the teacher. Because keeping kids ignorant – even more ignorant than they already are, given our science and math scores compared to other nations – is preferable to being able to build stuff.
Worse yet, the successful effort to remove the teacher appears to be rather auspicious, since he’s also the teachers’ union representative on campus.
Schiller, 43, also was the teachers union representative on the campus and had been dealing with disagreements with administrators over updating the employment agreement under which the faculty works. His suspension, with pay, removed him from those discussions.
This particular tidbit was buried at the bottom of the article – the second paragraph to the end. By all reports, this was a very popular teacher, and believe me, those are rare. Additionally, the kids in his classes, which include AP biology and psychology, as well as honors biology and psychology, now have a free period, with their teacher in purgatory and the sub having no psychology experience whatsoever, so instead of learning, they’re sitting around with their thumbs up their asses.
This is weapons grade stupid! (pardon my “weapons” reference, lest someone in the Los Angeles Unified School District shit themselves at the thought of someone uttering the word “weapon.”)
But if you thought the burning stupid ended there, you’re sadly mistaken, because what happened to the student (per his father’s report) took a flying leap over stupid and landed squarely into corrupt and egregious! Rogan Ferguson, the father of one of the students, explains:
I am the father of the child who developed the ‘coil gun’ project. Here are some other aspects of the story that are not yet being reported:
1st: They interrogated my son twice, removing him from the classroom, without my permission or knowledge.
2nd: They refuse to provide any information about who interrogated my son, what questions were asked, and what were his responses.
3rd: One thing my son remembers is that after he had completed a written statement, the Assistant Principal felt that his statement didn’t provide enough evidence against the teacher, and went fishing for more details that could be used against the teacher.
4th: The district refuses to return the project. When we attempted to file a stolen property report with the LAPD, detectives refused to accept the report, saying that it would be pointless, and that the Los Angeles Unified School District had Mafia-like power in the city.
As it stands, the district is claiming the right to remove children from instruction, interrogate them for hours, and provide no information to the parents about what happened in the the closed-off interrogation room. This is unacceptable, and it is sad that it appears that we will need legal representation to find out what happened to our son during the two hours of his interrogation.
It does appear that the school district is claiming all those authorities. It is also beyond egregious that the administrators are using children as tools to remove teachers that apparently don’t toe the line.
Using. Children. As. Tools. In. Administrative. Games.
Using. Kids. As. Weapons.
If this were MY child removed from class, interrogated, his property confiscated and his words twisted, those school administrators would crawl away with their asses missing. And I guarantee you that the Redhead would not tolerate said behavior either, which would probably result in a suspension at the very least for disrespect, and possibly a throat punch. And I can also guarantee you that I would be in that office with my hand around the throat of the first fuck cake administrator who tried to discipline my kid after treating them in such a manner and getting said well-deserved throat punch!
The good news is that the students apparently recognize a quality teacher when they meet him, and they staged a demonstration a few days ago to protest Greg Schiller’s removal.
Meanwhile, the LAUSD put out the following drooling release:
“We will always err on the side of protecting students,” the statement read. “On the other hand, the District does not reassign employees on a whim. The reassignment of employees is taken very seriously. For this reason, there is a rigorous decision making process associated with the reassignment of employees.”
Rigorous, eh? Bullying students into altering their statements to paint the teacher in a negative light. Removing an educator based on the irrational phobia of an obviously paranoid school employee. Confiscating the science project in question, so no one can actually judge its merit for themselves and refusing to return the property, even though there is no criminal investigation pending, and the project cannot be considered “evidence” in any legal definition of the word. That’s rigorous?
No, that’s the act of an organized criminal, who cannot win by using fair means.
And once in a very rare occasion, I will agree with the teachers’ union. This is nothing but a FAIL – an effort to punish a science teacher” for teaching science.”
But it may be much more than that, because the short, buried paragraph about Schiller being the union’s representative on campus, whose job it was to work to resolve disagreements with the administration over updating the employment agreement under which the faculty works, speaks volumes about the administration’s true goal in removing this teacher.