Bloomington sub teacher allegedly went berzerk, told 5th graders she's "tired of this fucking crap"

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Avery allegedly told her 5th grade classroom she "didn't give a fuck" about their names.
As anybody who wasn't homeschooled can attest, substitute teaching is a thankless, stressful job.

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That said, arguably the most important part of the gig is keeping your cool while students disrespect you and cause all sorts of trouble in the classroom. And in that respect, longtime substitute teacher Laura Avery failed about as hard as you can fail while subbing at Bloomington's Oak Grove Elementary school last week.

The trouble allegedly became during the very first class of the day on December 13, when Avery, 59, "began cursing at her [5th grade] classroom full of students when they were acting up," KARE reports.

It got worse from there. From WCCO:
[S]chool personnel found some of Avery's students crying in the hallway and reported that Avery cursed at and hurt them.

Avery told the students to get into a circle or she would slap them, the complaint says. When upset by classroom behavior, she reportedly said she was "tired of this f--ing crap," and when students corrected her pronunciations of their names, she said she "didn't give a f--" about their names.

Witnesses said Avery grabbed one student by the neck and slapped the student's shoulder. She reportedly dragged another student into the hallway by the hair. Two other students said their arms hurt after being dragged out into the hall.
Bizarrely, after school ended, Avery unexpectedly showed up at the house of the student she dragged by the hair just to ask how class went, WCCO reports. Did she think the student would give her a glowing review or what?

One of the 5th graders who had his arm yanked later said he heard his limb "pop" during Avery's meltdown, the Star Tribune reports.

And it's not like December 13 was Avery's first rodeo. She's been teaching for Bloomington Public Schools since 2003 -- including more than 70 days working as a substitute teacher since 2008 -- and has been a licensed teacher in Minnesota for more than 25 years. She had no documented history of problems in the classroom before last week.

But one no good, very very bad day was more than enough for Bloomington administrators. Avery was canned the very same day as her meltdown, and a criminal investigation began on December 14. She's been charged with one gross misdemeanor count of malicious punishment of a child and one misdemeanor count of tampering with a witness thanks to her unexpected after-school visit to the student's house. Avery faces up to a year and prison and a $4,000 fine.

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Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

Not an ideal way to express herself.

But this does underline a few reasons why it is not a good idea to arm teachers, or janitors, or principals, or students........the answer to gun violence is fewer guns. The answer to crazy substitutes going off the deep end is perhaps better screening of who they hire for these thankless jobs.  Lets recognize that schools are locations that have a lot of tension in them, and make changes accordingly. No guns, no crazy adults, and perhaps better discipline of students by the administration so the adults are less prone to flipping out.

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

I'm surprised none of the subs who taught me did that. I was a real asshole.

Caassandra
Caassandra

Too many bad behaving kids are in America's schools. Those kids need homeschooling. People need to start protecting their self and families with the various security gadgets and devices. http://x.co/r6SM

Becky Lang
Becky Lang

that happened a lot when i was in school

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

I've had her for a Sub before when I was in School, no one liked the bitch then, and they obviously don't like her now.

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

I don't blame her, have you dealt with the current school generation of Bloomington Kids? I mean fuck, they though my era was bad, these kids have no fucking respect for anything.

Rachel Halvorsen
Rachel Halvorsen

This doesn't have anything to do with her age. Several of my best, most memorable teachers were around her age. I am sure she reflected back on the times during her long teaching career when kids actucally respected and listened to adults. Clearly doesn't make it right, but I could certainly see how it would be easy to lose your mind for a minute in a classroom full of undiciplined kids.

Michele Wendling Ryan
Michele Wendling Ryan

So...I'm still not sold on how allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons to school is a GOOD thing...bad enough she couldn't control herself verbally...

Tyler Matlock
Tyler Matlock

Hahaha... I've heard this from teachers countless times.

Shoma
Shoma

@Woody McBride Yeah all teachers should get a million a year + a reward at the end of each year. I have no idea how they do it, they`re close to being superheros, handling other peoples spoilied little brats all day long? I would last 25 minutes, then be promptly fired for telling those kids exactly what I thought of them and their parents in very clear words, there is no way I could do this job, no way, kids today are just aweful.

Shoma
Shoma

@Jeff Hames No such thing as too old to be teaching, my english teacher 20 years ago was 66 years old and still going strong. And no one messed with her, no one called her names and when she spoke we kept our mouths shut. It was a different time, and we we`re scared of her, I know I was, she had a temper in her. And that worked fine.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Jeff Hames Of course Jeff, one of the many problems facing teachers.. She disrespected!  Jr. Bangers from  A, B, C..  Throw in entitled timmy, and coddled molly.. Meh.. throw a govt approved book at them and ride until union retirement.. 

BTW if she's still in the union.. she's only getting a talking to.. Still getting full retirement.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Rosalind Shannon Wait!!! You lefty types just said no to raising the retirement age.. She's only 59!!  Maybe if you taught Juan, Juilio, and Jesus to respect their elders instead of how to get their gf to scam the system to get more on their ebt card ... maybe she woudlnt have snapped.

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