New York 8th-grade teacher Alexiss Nazario has been fined $300 USD and demoted to supply teacher after show an ISIS beheading video to her class.
The teacher of the media studies-focused school wanted to show them what was going on in the real world. Some of the teens complained, saying they were scared and lost sleep, and that it was “gross”. She was initially going to be fired but was let go with the fine and demotion instead after she admitted that she was wrong in not getting the principal’s permission and not previewing the clip. She claims that she had accidentally played the wrong video. “I was scrolling looking for a specific video. I clicked on the wrong thing. It was a mistake. It was an error [..] I freaked out. I had no idea that was playing.” The Department of Education explained “this teacher demonstrated a complete lack of judgment, and this incident betrayed our schools’ promise to provide a safe and supportive environment”.
Are today’s 13 and 14-year-old kids ready for this kind of realism? Aren’t children already exposed to violence in movies and video games?
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