Kids! They're adorable, right? The picture of innocence, with goodness and gumdrops in their souls, right?
Wrong. Turns out they're pure evil. A Fox News investigation found a number of online videos in which young (sometimes very young) students say how they got their teachers fired with false allegations, and explain how others can do the same.
"So I had this teacher, right, Ms. Keller, and I just didn't like her. So you know what, I said, let me just get her fired," one video begins. "So I went to the principal, and instead of saying I was molested, you need to play the victim."
Another finds two young boys explaining how they retaliated against a teacher who allegedly played favorites, repeatedly telling the principal she was harassing them until the teacher left the school. They describe accumulating evidence with hidden cameras, creating a petition to get the teacher fired, and eventually getting a parent involved.
You'd think the teacher had assigned them a brutally offensive essay about slavery, or something. But no: instead, she only asked her students to follow a color-coded classroom management chart.
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Other videos include a student who says he got a fifth grade Spanish teacher fired, and a fourth boy who claims to be "researching how to get my teacher fired." What remains consistent through out: the students, all male, seem convinced beyond all doubt that they've done the right thing.
Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, was shocked that students would make false claims of impropriety for something as minor as getting an A- instead of an A. "I don't think at the age those students are they realized the can ruin a person's home life," she told My Fox Houston. "Their family often turns on them, they ruin their career, they ruin their reputation in the community."
Lawyer Chris Tritico, who regularly represents teachers in criminal cases, advised them to limit one-on-one exchanges with students and to avoid friend requests on Facebook. "[Students] are not your friends," he told Fox. "This is a professional relationship, and you should always treat it that way."
And definitely, definitely don't use color coding.
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