Teacher quits over 'violence in classroom' and 'unruly kids'

Published: Oct. 29, 2014 at 11:18 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Shelby County Schools teacher is calling it quits after what she called "continued student discipline issues."

The math teacher's tales of school terror prompted gasps from the crowd at this week's board meeting.

"I had a student take a calculator and beat another student upside the head," said DaNita Martin. "Broke the calculator, and was not suspended ... Another student got the scissors and started making a stabbing motion. When I went to the administration, they said he was already suspended earlier today. What am I supposed to do?"

Martin said student behavior at Grandview Heights Middle School in Frayser is at an all-time low.

"I'm called by my students gay, lesbian, dyke, sir," said Martin. "And my favorite, 'white girl.'"

Martin cited the ongoing verbal assaults as primary reasons for her pending resignation.

"Students tell me, 'Who the f-bomb do you think you're speaking to?' and, 'Shut the F up talking to me,'" said Martin. "But they go unpunished."

"When the teachers try to control them, they even irate with the teachers," said parent Latrina Robinson, who offered her account on the state of students at Grandview Heights Middle School. "They shouldn't have to come to school and be worried about being picked on and teased on and all of that. And then they be like they got it under control, and they don't. They don't control these kids."

Robinson said she's moving her son out of the school as soon as possible, following the lead of at least one teacher.

WMC Action News 5's Jason Miles reached out to Shelby County Schools for a response to Ms. Martin's claims.

"The allegations made last night were very serious, and we will need to investigate before we can provide an official response," a SCS spokesperson wrote in a statement.

Attempts to follow up with Martin via her district email and phone number were unsuccessful.

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