Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Teacher Slapped Student for Baggy Pants

Teacher Slapped Student for Baggy Pants - A high school teacher from North Carolina has admitted slapping an 18-year-old student during a row about his saggy pants.

Pat Frost, who teaches English as a second language at Anson High School, was suspended following the incident, which happened in June, and now faces losing her job.

WBTV reported that Ms Frost stopped pupil Jonathan Smith to tell him to pull up his trousers, but he refused, barging past and telling her to ‘get the [expletive] out of [my] way’.

When Ms Frost followed him outside with the intention of recording his name, the teenager allegedly charged at her, shouting that he would ‘[expletive] her up’.

Ms Frost’s lawyer, Josh Van Kampen, claims that Smith refused to give his real name and repeatedly threatened to assault his teacher, such that she slapped him in self-defence.

The attorney contends: ‘Fearing she was about to be hit, Pat tried to create distance with the student and slapped him in the face in that effort.

‘He responded by striking Pat in the head. He then took off his shirt and started pounding on nearby cars in the parking lot yelling that he was going to get her fired and hoped that she would be killed.’

Smith disputes this account, and told WSOC-TV that he did pull up his pants when asked to. He insists he did tell Ms Frost his name – but that she didn’t believe him.

‘I never thought a teacher would lay her hands on me,’ Smith told the channel.
Both pupil and teacher have filed charges against each other. The district is still investigating the incident, and Ms Frost is waiting to hear from Anson County school officials whether she will return as a teacher next term.

She told WBTV: ‘It is not about me keeping my job, it’s about teachers being safe. Children need to be safe, and so do teachers.’

An online petition has sprung up in defence of Ms Frost, a U.S. Army veteran of 25 years who has been teaching for 13 years.

The Change.org petition calls for her reinstatement as a teacher, and an end to ‘the potential for retaliation to be acceptable towards those who exercise their right to self defense’.

So far, it has attracted 843 signatures out of a target 1,000.

One backer wrote on a ‘Support Pat Frost’ Facebook page: ‘Those acquainted with Pat can see she has a natural inclination to teach children to respect themselves and others and to pursue their dreams.

‘She has dedicated her life to teaching and is an inspiration to hundreds of children, including her own. Her passion for teaching and serving the community is obvious from the moment you meet her.’

Another, Natalie Probst, commented, ‘I pray that you get to hold your job as a teacher. I know first hand how out of control students are these days.’

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