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UPDATE: The kid who tweeted us the video of his teacher has apologized:
Lesson learned hopefully.
The only people who are dumb enough to think that Turtleboy is one singular person are the same people who are dumb enough to believe that “Turtleboy” was formerly a teacher. Your first hint should’ve been our atrocious spelling and grammatical errors. In my opinion you’d be nuts to ever become a teacher nowadays. Not that we don’t respect the hell out of teachers, it’s just a thankless job where you’re held to ridiculous, unattainable standards, and you’re not compensated appropriately for it. We’ve seen how teachers at North High, Vernon Hill, Southbridge, and David Prouty are treated by overzealous administrators. No thanks. All set with that. God bless you if you can stomach it, but it ain’t for this guy and never was.
Want more proof? Some kid from Oxford High School just tweeted at us with a video he was recording of his history teacher, Mr. Jenkins:
If Turtleboy ever met that teacher we’d shake his hand and thank him for keeping it old school. Kids are disrupting his class, acting-a-fool, and he tells the one kid, “put your hand down, this isn’t question and answer session.” Basically he’s telling the kids who are acting up that they can have a good time in class and all get along, or they can continue to act like dooshnozzles and he’ll be forced to be a hard ass and contact their parents.
Good. I’m glad to see there are still teachers out there like some of the hardos I had back in the day. Because when it’s all said and done these are the kind of teachers you will remember. The people who didn’t take your bullshit, held you to a higher standard, and weren’t afraid to let your parents know that you’re not the angel you tell them you are when you get home from school.
Apparently when this kid sent us this tweet he thought we’d be sympathetic towards him and turn on his teacher. He even told us that the purpose of sending us the video was for us to get him fired:
LOL. Nice try kid. Didn’t work out the way you had envisioned though, because he’s not the villain in this blog – you are. Better luck next time. Maybe your parents will read this blog so your teacher doesn’t have to call home and tell them what you were doing in class.
This was the explanation he gave us about the video:
First of all, he didn’t “threaten to fail you.” He gave you the simple choice – do what he tells you to do and he’ll take it easy on you, or keep acting like a moron and there will be a pop quiz every day for the rest of the year. (no those words exactly, but that’s what we inferred). Secondly, if you act like that every day and crack jokes while he’s trying to teach his class then you deserve to fail. I know you’re growing up in this world where nothing is ever your fault and everyone gets a trophy and when you fail it’s the teacher’s fault, not your’s. But in the real world people who act like you did in that video generally fail in life. So take your teacher’s advice and stop being a knucklehead. It will help you down the road.
This is yet another example of the thankless job teachers do every day. Here this guy is trying to teach them something about some random aspect of history that the state frameworks has told him he has to teach, and these kids could care less. Because when you’re a boy in high school the last thing on your mind is whatever the teacher is trying to teach you. Generally for upperclassmen their priorities are, 1) who am I making out with this weekend, 2) who are we getting to buy us beer this weekend, and 3) what lie am I gonna tell my parents next? That’s about it.
And what are these kids doing while the teacher is trying to maintain order in his classroom? Secretly tape recording him. First of all, how is this not against the law? Imagine if it were the other way around. Imagine if the teacher was secretly recording his kids and then he went home, uploaded it to social media, and sent it to Turtleboy for the sole purpose of humiliating them. He’d be fired in a heartbeat.
But yet kids can do it to him and there’s probably gonna be no consequences for it. This should be a HUGE deal. He not only videotaped it, he put it on Twitter. It’s been favorited by 16 other students and retweeted by 3. This is why it’s so insane to be a teacher in 2016. You’re not only humiliated DURING school by a bunch of pukey kids, you’re humiliated on Twitter AFTER school by the kids and all their friends who weren’t in class to watch you be humiliated the first time.
The kid is bragging about other athletes “liking” his hidden video:
Other kids are joining in and calling the teacher a douche:
It’s insane that schools allow kids to do this. I don’t give a shit if it’s “against the rules.” If you’re not enforcing it and coming down hard on kids that break these rules, then it’s not really a rule. It’s a suggestion. This kid should be suspended out of school, no questions asked. Throw the book at him. This is a MAJOR privacy violation, and you can just hear in the video the lack of respect they’re giving the teacher.
But of course we can’t do that anymore because a bunch of gutless politicians have told schools they can’t suspend too many kids anymore because of the “school to prison pipeline.” Fuck that. These people are RUINING public schools and enabling shitty behavior like this. None of them have the balls to actually do what these teachers do on a daily basis, but they have no problem holding them accountable when kids don’t do well on a standardized test, or don’t graduate in four years.
Sorry kid, Turtleboy is a pro-teacher, pro-cop, pro-nurse, pro-firefighter, pro-social worker, family feminist blog. We hope you get in trouble when your principal inevitably reads this (which it’s guaranteed they will), and we hope you learned a very valuable lesson about the Internet.
P.S. Don’t bother taking down the tweets or video. We’ve already screenshotted them and downloaded the video for our records. Don’t. Poke. The. Turtle.
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