Thu | Dec 12, 2019

Discipline must be maintained

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:29 AM


The behaviour of Ms Marsha-Lee Crawford, teacher at Pembroke Hall High School, as depicted in the recent viral video, was at best reprehensible. If we were to excuse her repugnant behaviour by arguing that she was provoked by an unruly student and/or that classrooms nowadays are ‘war zones’, where teachers are losing battles, how could we, in good conscience, chastise maladjusted students for their unruliness, when they could be facing their own provocation and/or losing battles in other ‘war zones’?

Those who are in defence of Ms Crawford’s poor behaviour ought to consider the poor precedent that they are setting. Unless, of course, they believe that it is OK to have one set of rules for the prince and another set for the pauper.

I humbly suggest that this incident can become a potent lesson learnt for all stakeholders, especially students, but only if we were to divest ourselves of emotions, gather and distill the facts, and then let the chips fall where they may. Notwithstanding, we all should be intolerant of crude and crass behaviour.

Be reminded that discipline must be maintained, irrespective of who the offender is or what precipitates the infraction.