Eventually I got the situation under control. It was tricky. Whenever I’d grab one boy, the other would use that opportunity to start punching the student I had restrained. I was able to get my former student to stop by yelling at him from in between both of them that whatever they were mad about was not that important and that they are better than this. I had no idea that it would work, but they stopped temporarily. I’m 90% sure they finished the fight after school.
The next day one of my assistant principals came to me and said on the camera they saw that I let my student go to the bathroom and that it was my fault the fight happened. I asked if I should just not let students go to the bathroom ever out of fear that they will incite violence and bring it into my classroom. I was particularly upset about this because it didn’t seem like nay effort was being made to address the root of the problem. The boys were suspended, but never talked to. The security guard issue never quite got resolved. The teacher who had the student that left his class WITHOUT permission to attack my current student was never talked to. It was me. It was my fault. I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it now.
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