By Paul Bremmer
Increasingly frequent violent actions by students have driven the St. Paul, Minnesota, teachers union to threaten a strike against the administrators – who essentially have mandated that the violence go unpunished.
The situation is turning Jesse Lee Peterson, author of the new book “The Antidote,” incredulous.
The official school policy discourages out-of-school suspensions, and many other forms of punishment, especially for black students, who reportedly have been involved in multiple violent acts.
“It was just shocking to hear they would no longer discipline these out-of-control, angry thugs that have been raised, or are being raised, by parents who couldn’t care less about them,” Peterson charged.
Peterson, a WND columnist, attempts to help black men become better, more responsible fathers through his nonprofit BOND, or the Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny.
He long has maintained that fatherlessness is a root cause of the decay in the black community, and he believes it is also the reason many black students misbehave in school.
“Most of these black children are born out of wedlock,” Peterson said. “Out of wedlock! They do not have fathers there to guide them, to protect them, to provide for them, to be an example for them, to discipline them, and it’s impossible almost for mothers to do it.
“These kids are growing up angry in the homes; they go out into the community or in public, and they are told that it’s racism and not a lack of moral character or bad parenting [that causes their problems], and so they’re out of control.”
St. Paul school administrators view the problem, well, differently.
The district contracts with a California non-profit called the Pacific Educational Group, which believes black children struggle in school because of “systemic racism.”
The PEG’s goal is to combat what its officials see as “white privilege” in the public school system, and one of the ways they do that is by urging schools to greatly decrease out-of-school suspensions for black students.
So, according to EAG News, St. Paul school administrators replaced suspensions with “time outs” and started forgiving or ignoring violent or unruly actions by black students.
The result was an increase in violent behavior because students knew they would face little to no punishment for their actions.
The Star Tribune of St. Paul reported data from the St. Paul Police Department: From Jan. 1 through the end of October this year, police were called to public schools 118 times for assaults, 30 times for disturbances and fights, and 26 times for weapons. However, the police department did not report in how many of those incidents teachers were the targets.
Aaron Benner, a black former St. Paul teacher, has publicly blamed school administrators for fostering a hostile environment by failing to punish black troublemakers. Benner told EAG News a black boy punched him in 2011, but the principal brought the student back into the classroom 10 minutes later with no punishment of any kind.
Benner also lambasted PEG, saying the organization considers shouting out in class to be a “black cultural norm.”
Peterson, for his part, scoffed at the idea of black cultural norms.
“What are black norms?” Peterson asked. “Do the right thing, work hard, don’t be angry, treat people the way you’d like to be treated, respect your neighbor – those are God’s norms. But they want to blame it on white Americans because [the black community is] failing. The lack of character, the lack of respect, the lack of having children under the umbrella of marriage – it’s not working. And so instead of correcting themselves, they’re trying to blame it on white people again. It’s only going to get worse before it gets better.”
Peterson believes the Obama administration and various “race hustlers” actually want the chaos that comes with out-of-control black kids because it allows them to claim racial discrimination exists. And if racial discrimination exists, they need more money to solve the problem.
“Rather than putting those bad children out of those classrooms, they’d rather risk the lives of the teachers, the administration and everyone else for the dollar bill,” Peterson claimed. “That’s what it’s about, folks. They don’t care about these children, the bad ones or the good ones.
“They would rather blame it on racism, and then they’re going to say, ‘Oh, we need more programs, we need more money, we need more this.’ They’re using this idea of racism, which doesn’t exist, by the way, as a means to gain power and wealth.”
The St. Paul teachers union threatened its strike as a direct result of an incident two weeks ago in which a teacher, while trying to break up a lunchroom fight, was thrown against a wall and then choked unconscious by a black student. The teacher was hospitalized and diagnosed with a concussion and traumatic brain injury.
“You have to be crazy to go there and teach,” Peterson marveled. “There’s no way I would go into that school and put my life at risk on a bunch of out-of-control children who have never understood what is right or been taught to do the right thing.”
Peterson claimed if he were a teacher in that district, he would walk away from the school because the students are “angry, demoralized, brainwashed, and dumbed down.” He urges people to realize when black students act violently in school, the problem is character, not racism.
“This is about right and wrong,” Peterson asserted. “This is about family or the lack thereof. This is about moral character.
“And schools like this in the inner cities are getting worse rather than getting better because the people who are running the schools, the politicians, the liberal Democrat politicians, whomever they may be, even some Republicans, couldn’t care less about the children. They do not care about the teachers. They don’t care about the principals. They care about the power.”