Red flag, Red Flag, Red Flag Red flag, Red Flag, Red Flag.
This teacher makes over $100K per year. He assaulted a student. He defied a directive to report to a reassignment center. He barricaded himself in an auditorium. He reported having planted a bomb in a cafeteria. He indicated he had a "date with God" and once the police evacuated the building he called the TEACHER UNION. Meanwhile, he started a hunger strike to have the principal "ousted."
Fortunately, skipping the mid-morning twinkies wasn't enough to win the day and the police intervened successfully. I'm glad New York's finest are professional enough to manage situations like this, because with union involvement I'm worried the teacher might get a golden parachute and reassigment to a "rubber room" where he can tweet and blog all day. This despite multiple allegations of physical mistreatment of students, including two confirmed and two still under investigation. That's the kind of teacher that needs a union to stay employed.
At least he has parent support. According to the NYT, the head of the parents' association said, “It’s blown out of proportion; he was just trying to make a stand for himself.”
After the event resolved peacefully, UFT and AFT president Randi Weingarten forwarded the teacher's grievances to the Education Department in hopes that someone there will address his concerns. There is no word on whether Ms. Weingarten will pass on the concerns of the students, parents, and teachers who were terrorized by the loyal dues-paying teacher.
Really? $100,049 a year? I guess that buys a lot of cover.