Tiffani Eaton, a Detroit high school teacher, is now jobless after using a broom to break up a fight between students in her classroom. The Pershing High School teacher was fired this week after a cell phone video surfaced of her hitting students with a broom in an attempt to stop their classroom brawl. According to Detroit outlet WJBK-TV, teachers are supposed to use their walkie-talkies to call for help during fights, but allegedly hers was broken.
From My Fox Detroit:
In the video, the two male students are fighting for at least half a minute before the teacher intervenes. Several students can be seen standing by as the two fight, knocking over desks.
When the teacher does intervene, she appears to strike one of the students on the back with a broom multiple times. The student backs off, but then the other student runs back towards him and the fight continues.
The fight finally appears to end up when a student steps in and pulls the two apart. The video ends moments later.
Now, the Pershing High School teacher is out of a job as the school district says it does not tolerate child abuse.
Pershing is part of the Education Achievement Authority, the state’s school turnaround district. The EAA district does not have a union so the teacher has no ground to file an appeal.
But they tolerate kids beating each other to a pulp. Got it.
The school district released a statement days after the fight:
“The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan has recommended the teacher’s termination of employment to its Board of Directors.
Which means the termination is effective immediately; she will have an opportunity, like any other employee, to meet with the board as they consider this recommendation at its next scheduled board meeting. She will be notified in writing of the confirmed date and time of the next scheduled board meeting. The teacher was hired on Jan. 27 2014.”
WKQI-FM’s Mojo in the Morning has started a GoFundMe account to help the teacher. Click here for donation information.