Bakersfield, CA teachers fear for their safety

KERO, the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, California, reports:

“I am scared to death to go back to work tomorrow,” said teacher Sunny Mueller. “We’ve had teachers assaulted, shoved around, eggs thrown at them,” said Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association president Brad Barnes. “Last week, there was a homemade bomb that went off in the boys bathroom,” said teacher Katie Irwin.

Mayhem. That’s how teachers last night at the Bakersfield City School District board meeting described their classrooms and schools. Specifically Curran middle school, Stiern middle school and Mckinley elementary.Also kids are allegedly bringing drugs, alcohol and weapons on campus…

Teachers say the problem is lack of discipline enforcement by the district. “Kids are not being suspended for bad behavior,” said Irwin.

The union says BCSD is not suspending, expelling or rotating students because budget cuts have left fewer resources to do so. Also, schools only get paid when a student is physically in school, so money is lost every time a student is suspended. Barnes says about $675,000 is lost per year from suspensions which is why the district has enforced a policy to reduce student suspensions 40 percent.

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