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Student Records LAUSD Teacher Cursing Out Her Class
A high school English teacher has been put on leave after a student recorded her cursing out her class and passed the recording out to teachers at her school.
The teacher can be heard in the recording saying, "I know my fucking shit. Don’t fuck with that. I’m tired of trying to educate you, and you guys resist every step of the fucking way. Get the fuck out of here."
The Daily Breeze isn't reporting on the name of the teacher, but she works at LAUSD's Humanities and Art Academy on Narbonne High's campus in Harbor City. The teacher said she was leading a discussion on the difference between race and ethnicity and trying to make the point that the term "African-American" isn't really accurate. She explained that although her ancestors are Italian, she doesn't refer to herself as Italian-American. One of her students kept telling her that she was wrong, "This girl kept poking the bear."
That student made the recording, and then brought it to a teacher at Narbonne High that she knew her English teacher didn't get along with. That teacher ended up distributing the recording throughout the school. Now she's been put on leave while administrators investigate the incident. The district told The Daily Breeze that in similar situations teachers have been issued a "notice of unsatisfactory act" for the behavior.
The teacher said she was sorry and asked for forgiveness. But she said she also felt burned by her student and fellow teachers, “This girl took my moment of weakness and used it against me. And then the teacher (at Narbonne) egged (the student) on to send it to her, and then they disseminated it. It’s just cruel."