by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
A brutal attack of a male student on a female student at an Indiana high school is creating controversy, as teachers stood by and let it happen.
But the issue has taken on a racial component, with some parents saying that White teachers face reprisals from Black students or parents if they intervene — after a near-epidemic of Black-on-White school violence Top Right News has documented in recent months.
Three fights broke out at Northwest Community High School Tuesday in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 5. All the fights involved Black-on-Black student conflicts.
One of the fights was captured on video (below) and features a male student beating a female student in a school hall way.
Students gathered to watch and a teacher yelled at the students to stop fighting. The staff member briefly touched the boy’s shoulder, but he stopped – before the boy grabbed the girl by the hair. Other students broke up the fight.
Students, and some parents, criticized teachers for not putting an early stop to the fights.
But the IPS teachers’ union said they don’t want to put teachers at risk of harm.
“We’re not going to get in the middle of fights. That’s not what we’re here for,” said Rhondalyn Cornett, president of the Indianapolis Education Association. “We’re here to educate the students. We do what we can to keep everybody safe, because that’s our job, too — we understand that — but I’m not going to ask people to injure themselves and put themselves in harm’s way for a fight.”
And on Facebook, there was a racial divide, with some White parents saying that if the White teachers try to break up fights, they face possible assault, or lawsuits from Black parents, so they stay out of it.
Students say fights are very common at the school.
“Fights happen every day,” Northwest freshman Jada White, 15, told Indy Star. “They don’t even do anything to prevent them.”
But what happens if White teachers intervene with Black students? TRN has documented the results in at least 5 cases so far this year, with brutal assaults of White teachers by Black students — and even a Black parent on one occasion — when teachers attempt to discipline the students.
Last month in New York, a White teacher was beaten unconscious by a Black parents, who was assisted by her daughter and other Black students, when the teacher disciplined the student:
In January, a 64-year old White teacher in Houston was assaulted and pushed to the ground after taking away a cellphone from a large male Black student who had been showing hip hop videos to fellow students in class:
That same month, another White teacher in New Jersey was assaulted for also removing a cell phone from a Black student showing “pornographic photos” to fellow students, and a White teacher was brutally assaulted in a gym by a tall Black student, who threw her onto a gym floor, fracturing her arm.
So can you really blame these teachers for staying out of these fights?