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After watching the video, do you think it was self defense, and do you think she should get her job back?
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After watching the video, I can't say I would have behaved differently. Fight or flight is human nature regardless of our attacker.
I don't know laws very well, but based on my very uneducated opinion of a short cell phone clip, I'd give her her job back.
What an unfortunate situation.
I can't see the video. But it breaks my heart to see an actual journalistic entity write something as obscene as "according to the Daily Mail."
What a sad situation. Sad that the kid felt it was appropriate to act that way. Sad that she let it get that far. Sad that it will impact her ability to teach. If nothing else, the kids will be nervous and so will she. That's not an appropriate learning environment.
I'd have to say that it looks like self-defense, but I hope they'll at least put her in another school.
I think this was a reaction to a scary situation. The student was much larger than her and being aggressive in tone and body language.
I don't know what I would have done, but I think what she did was a natural reaction to being threatened in that manner.
Yes, she should get her job back.
How far do we take the limitations on what teachers can do? You could hear the kids in the background yelling that she had not right to touch him. I don't know. It just seems so sad all around and I wouldn't put it past anyone that the student doesn't sue the teacher for touching him.
ps Why does it seem like these things happen so often in Florida?
Definitely self defense. That kid gave her a body slam before she decked him! I'd love to see charges pressed against him.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
Totally self defense. She should get her job back and he should be suspended/expelled.
That student was definitely trying to intimidate her, obviously thinking she would cower from him. If you threaten someone, they most certainly can defend themselves. He isn't a child and is fully responsible for his actions.
Wow. My first thought was, "that little bastard..."
Although it was a very short clip, the teacher can be heard loud and clear saying, "STEP BACK". Seems like she handled the situation the best she could up until that point. Self-defense is my opinion. That boy's body language was screaming "I am angry and will hurt you". I don't blame her at all. It's not like we are talking 3rd graders here. That was one big boy!