Disrespectful Black students in Chicago expose challenges of teaching


A disturbing video was recorded at the Chicago Vocational Career Academy in Chicago. In the video, a teacher identified as Ms. Cox by a student is subjected to threats of physical violence as well as incredible verbal abuse by a student. The teacher remains calm as her classroom descends into chaos.

The recent assault on a Black student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina by former school resource officer Ben Fields has gone viral. The mainstream media has covered not only the student’s assault but also the reaction from the public. Despite the opinions on both sides there can be no doubt that teachers often confront a rebellious and disrespectful student body. But you will see few teachers speaking out about the environment that they must work in at many predominately Black inner-city schools. For many, the reasons these teachers do not speak out is to protect their jobs and their academic careers. One word from a principal will get a teacher fired and unable to teach in the school district.

The fact of the matter is that thousands of teachers across America are abused on an almost daily basis by some Black students. From verbal to physical assaults, it seems that Black students are increasingly the problem in the classroom. It begs the question: who would actually go into teaching as a profession when confronted with these issues? Across the country in many inner-city schools there is a shortage of teachers. This is a direct result of the actions and environment of out of control students. This disturbing video gives a perspective on the reality of teaching Black students in many schools in the inner-city.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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