What if the teacher strikes first?
The city school system is refusing to release the incident report on the altercation at Mervo last week that left both a student and a teacher hospitalized. Why? Other students in the class are alleging that the teacher started the fight.
This is a tricky situation. In a case where students and a teacher are the only witnesses, it could be easy for the students to band together and make up a story to protect one of their own. And in reporting on teacher assaults the past week, I've talked to more than one teacher frustrated that attacks on staff go unreported for lack of evidence. I also knew a teacher who once spent months out of his job waiting for the school system to conclude that, no, he did not assault a student as the child alleged.
But what if the teacher at Mervo really did strike first? What if it's the teacher's word against the students'? How do you know which side is telling the truth?