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Daughter: Md. substitute teacher was trying to stop fight, didn’t hit students with belt


It’s the viral video you saw first on FOX 5. A Prince George’s County substitute teacher using a belt to break up a fight in his classroom. For the first time, we are getting an account of what happened from the substitute teacher in the incident at Gwynn Park Middle School.

The teacher’s daughter, Annette, told FOX 5 that her father, Sgt. Albert W. Cooks, was trying to break up a fight — a bad one — and the kids were not listening when he was yelling for them to stop.

That is when he took off his belt and hit a desk and the floor to get them to stop. He never hit a student, according to his daughter.

The video of the incident was shot by a student last Friday inside a sixth grade classroom.

Prince George’s County Public Schools have banned Cooks from the classroom and he is being investigated by authorities.

Cooks’ daughter told us her father is a Vietnam veteran. He released a statement to FOX 5 through his daughter saying:

“God is on my side. Pray for me and our kids that they improve in their thirst for education. We have a major problem in our society with kids coming to school for anything but to get an education, which will enhance their future. Talk is cheap, and the parents of today need to instill some old fashion values that our kids can take with them into their future and become contributing citizens.”

Cooks is getting a lot of support on social media and even from parents.

“My children said that [the teacher] was very personable,” said Cherrail Curry. “He was Vietnam veteran. He got drafted, so he evidently talked to them and shared with them [his experience]. He was, as one of my sons put it, a very gentle giant.”

“I didn’t see it as he was trying to hurt kids,” said Anthony Pelt. “Maybe just fed up a little bit and his way of trying to say you guys need some discipline. I didn’t see him as trying to abuse the kids or hurt the kids.”

In another statement, Sgt. Cooks responded to the praise saying, “I am nobody’s hero. I just want to make sure all students, especially black students, go as far as they can in school so that they can get scholarships and grants in college because they are available but only for the few who have the grades and are qualified.”

Cooks’ daughter lives in North Carolina. She said her father often used his belt to discipline her when she was a kid. He didn’t hit her with it, but a snap of the belt was all it took.

She said her father wasn’t actually hitting the children in classroom, but it was just his way of getting their attention and stop a fight.

His daughter also told us Cooks was a vice principal for more than 20 years at nearly a half dozen schools, including Gwynn Park Middle School.

According to Maryland law, corporal punishment is illegal, but a teacher can take reasonable action, including a degree of force to stop a fight.

via FOX5



Video shows substitute teacher using belt to discipline students


Prince George’s County Public Schools officials are responding to new video that shows a substitute teacher using a belt on students in a classroom.

The grandmother of one of the children in the class told FOX 5 it happened last Friday at Gwynn Park Middle School in Brandywine.

The school district is not providing the teacher’s name. In the video, he has what appears to be a belt in his hand and is hitting students on the floor.

It is not clear if they were roughhousing and he was trying to break it up or if they were trying to hide from the teacher.

Either way, Prince George’s County Public Schools is not making excuses and say the substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline the students.

In a statement, school officials say the teacher has been removed from the classroom and law enforcement is now involved. The statement says:

“On Friday, May 15, a substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline students while in one of our classes at Gwynn Park Middle School. The substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom and the matter has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Prince George’s County Public Schools does not condone this type of behavior and it is not representative of the level of professionalism and respectful conduct of the team at the school. PGCPS works to create a respectful and safe environment for all students and staff.”

via FOX5


Teacher is knocked down to the floor under Dr. Hite Leadership.


Video still showing that on Thursday, November 6, 2014, a substitute teacher was knocked to the floor at Bartram High. The teacher suffered a concussion. It was the third staff assault at the school in a month. 

A teacher at Bartram High School was attacked by a student and suffered a concussion this week after being thrown to the ground in an incident that was captured on video and widely shared on social media.

It was the third such assault in a month at the violence-prone school, which in recent months had made some strides in safety that teachers say seem to be eroding.

This week’s incident happened Thursday afternoon, when a student attacked a substitute teacher who had asked him to leave a classroom earlier in the day, Philadelphia School District officials confirmed.

The student waited for the teacher and threw the 68-year-old man to the ground. The student fled, and the school nurse attended to the teacher, who was later taken to a hospital.

In an interview Friday night, the teacher, Pewu Johnson, a Liberian immigrant with deep roots in Philadelphia and its schools, described the attack.

He said he had a run-in with his assailant early in the day when the boy behaved “inappropriately” with a female student, and he ordered him to stop.

Later, during seventh period, the teen found Johnson and angrily tried to block his way.

“He grabbed me, then lifted me up, then dropped me on my back, on the floor. I became unconscious. I wasn’t hearing anything. My eyes were closed,” Johnson said.

He said he had intense neck pain and was bleeding from his elbow, and ended up spending hours at the hospital.

He isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to work, he said, adding that he was still quite sore.

>>>Read more at philly.com




Under Dr. William Hite leadership, teachers are being knocked down unconscious by students at a rapid rate in Philadelphia School District. There is no transparency and accountability understand his watch and the whole school District is under heavy debt. Breach of contract is the order of the day. Same kind of scenerio he is repeating from his years in PGCPS District.  Read more >>> Education advocates are poised to take SRC to court over lack of transparency


Substitute teacher at D.C. Options charter school charged..


Donna Montgomery, chief executive officer at Options Public Charter School who mismanaged school funds , arrives at the school in this May 2013 photo. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post)

A 22-year-old substitute teacher at a D.C. charter school for at-risk youth was arrested Tuesday and charged with having oral sex with a student football player behind her classroom desk, according to police and court documents.

The 17-year-old 11th grader at Options Public Charter School secretly recorded part of the encounter Friday afternoon, which police said happened at the end of an English class in Room 266 while other students and faculty members were at a pep rally to cheer on the Options Panthers’ as they prepared for a game against Perry Street Prep. Police said the student showed the video to five of his football teammates and a childhood friend.

The student and teacher then texted each other throughout the weekend, and the teacher sent him a clothed picture of herself while urging the student to “chill” because she could get in trouble for the relationship, police said.

Symone Greene, of Fort Washington, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a felony. A Superior Court judge ruled that Greene could be released until a preliminary hearing Nov. 18, but put her on a high-intensity supervision program, meaning she must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Court documents say that after police called to question Greene about the classroom encounter, she texted the victim’s phone and urged him to tell authorities that she “only helped him with his resume and nothing else happened while they were in the classroom together.” >>> Read more Washington Post  >>> Read more Fox 5 DC.



Symone Greene, of Fort Washington in the Prince George’s County District is pictured above leaving Washington DC Superior Court. – Courtesy Fox 5 

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Symone Greene, of Fort Washington in the Prince George’s County District is pictured above leaving Washington DC Superior Court. – Courtesy Fox 5