Topic: Personal Commentary
Earlier this week, I caught a story on the news about a Houston school teacher whose comments to her class of four and five-year-olds had been recorded without her knowledge. Many parents were upset at hearing the recorded remarks:
"Nobody are you good for. You're just a bad kid. When are you going to be a good kid? Do you think any other class acts like this? No. You're just mean to your teacher and I'm going to be mean to you, too. Everybody understand that? You're mean to me so I get to be mean to you.
"Ya'll are just stupid kids. I swear to God."
ABC News reports that the teacher's attorney stated that the woman "wishes to apologize to the students and the students' parents. Her actions that day were an aberration … the result of medication that she was taking as a result of a recent hospital visit."
One source reports that the child recording the teacher's remarks had been suspended four times. Not a teenager, mind you, but a child somewhere between 4 and five years of age.
So... the one question no one seems to be asking is: Are the kids in question indeed stupid? From what I'm reading, it appears the consensus is that the teacher's remarks are socially innappropriate. But if the children are dumb-as-stumps, isn't she doing them a favor by telling them the truth?
A five year old getting one suspension is bad. But four? That doesn't have the ring of scholar to it, does it?
And what if these children are under the control of a boy preacher from out-of-town who's inspiring the class to murder their parents - and the mind control gives them the APPEARANCE of stupidity. Isn't the teacher doing the right thing in telling them they're stupid?
Or, what if they're "stupid" because they have in fact succumbed to a mysterious ailment causing the children to at first seem less than smart while later manifesting a more feral mentality and a taste for human flesh?
What if these children are ground zero in Houston's very own zombie apocalypse?
Perhaps then the teacher's remarks wouldn't seem quite so harsh.