A teacher at a Tennessee school melted down and ended up in the hospital, with a possible nervous breakdown after he couldn’t get the students to be quiet.
Donald Wood, a 15-year math teacher, seven of those atÃ‚Â McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee started flipping over tables and throwing chairs when his 11th grade class got so unruly he couldn’t take it anymore.
The incident was caught on a cell phone camera.
“Shut Up!,” he told them, looking likeÃ‚Â Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining.”
That just made the students laugh even louder.
“If you can be absolutely quiet, if you can shut your mouths,” Wood says. “If you can shut your mouths and you can listen… in absolute silence. Do you know why? Because I have the power… I’ve got it, and I know it.
He then asks a student, “do you want another table?“, before flipping one over.
“Do you know who started the fire in this schoo!?” he asks, obviously melting down at this point “no. me!.” Then starts picking up and slamming chairs to the ground.
At that point, students start running from the classroom.
Wood later went to the principal’s office, and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
You would think a teacher with 15 years experience would be able to control a classroom better than that. The students were obviously out of control and had no respect for him.
How about sending the unruly ones to the principal’s office? Maybe start handing out suspensions?
I think we’re lucky that this teacher, who totally lost it mentally didn’t do anything worse than throw tables and chairs.