Brooklyn Teacher Fined $10K For Letting Third-Grader Hit Bully BackA Brooklyn teacher has been fined $10,000 by New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) for encouraging a student to hit back his bully. The DOE initially wanted to fire 13-year veteran teacher Tamu Francis from her job at PS 191 last year after she allegedly made an 8-year-old bully stand up in front of her third-grade class so his latest victim could “hit him back.”

According to DOE documents, the bully cried and Francis told him, “Well, that’s what you get.”

Francis allegedly found the two third-graders on the floor throwing punches. When she pulled them apart, she encouraged the victim to hit back, students at the Brownsville school said.

The arbitrator at her termination hearing, Lisa Brogan, said Francis was also heard saying, “When you act like a dog, you get treated like a dog.”

Francis denied all allegations. She said all she did was teach the class a lesson by asking the bully, “How would you like it if [he] hit you back?”

She said the other boy immediately threw a jab at the bully’s gut, misunderstanding her point.

Brogan said she did not believe her claim. Furthermore, Francis failed to report the incident to school officials.

“The behavior is extremely disturbing … At best, it was a horribly misguided attempt to teach a lesson about bullying,” wrote Brogan. “She exhibited extremely poor judgment and made an enormous blunder by trying to mete out a certain brand of justice for the class bully.”

Francis has an otherwise impeccable record over her 13 years as a teacher. She was given a $10,000 fine rather than being fired. School principal, Elsi Capolongo, moved Francis to another classroom.

Brogan said the principal is not concerned with a repeat of the incident, admitting that “by all accounts, [the instigator] was a bully and had behavior issues.”


Source: New York Post

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  • lito

    It is the sign of the utmost disrespect to take the word of a child (where else could the arbitrator have gotten her conflicting account?) over a teacher with an exemplary record.

    I know kids who went to 191 and schools like it. Teachers sometimes take a less by-the-book but more effective route to enforcing the rules and parents for the most part are fine with it. A lot of these old school, highly effective teachers have quit in droves rather than be micromanaged to death in the name of “reform” and “school safety improvements.” The kids suffer the most in the end.

  • talaktochoba

    and where are the parents in this equation?

    since we have heard nothing about them, it is clear they are non-participatory at best or worse, absent;

    clearly, if a child has behavioural problems so serious as this, they need addressing neither the parents or school system seem willing to implement–in other words, this is a farm situation where teachers spend much of their time herding as teaching;

    doubtless the teacher was as frustrated with her superiors as the students, not to excuse her behavior in the incident;

    i feel sorry for all involved, because clearly the school system, as manifested through the principal, cares little to nothing about the teacher or the students save to collect and distribute paychecks;