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    Middle school teacher bullies student

    Date: 03.26.10 | by Judge Tom.

    A sixth-grade teacher in North Carolina wrote “loser” in red ink on a student’s paper in November, 2009. The child’s mother complained but little was done to Rex Roland. The teacher at Enka Middle School explained that he likes to joke with students and that’s part of his teaching style.

    Roland repeated his bullying of the same 11-year-old student in March, 2010. This time he wrote “-20% for being a loser” with “loser” underlined.  Her mother filed a complaint and removed her daughter from Roland’s class. He reportedly apologized to the student’s mother.

    The school district suspended Roland for two weeks without pay and stated, “Regardless of the intention of or context, demeaning or derogatory comments made to students by school staff are unacceptable and will not be rationalized or justified by the school system.” It is unknown how many students were subjected to Roland’s humor in his twelve years at the school. As a result of this incident, the child has received numerous text messages both in support of reporting the incident and critical of her actions.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • whatsaysyou
      Wed, 09 Mar 2011 at 06:14

      That teacher should be banned from teaching for life rather than be suspended for two weeks. He doesn’t deserve to teach at all
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