Teachers are among some of the most important and influential indiviudals in any student's life. While rewarding, teaching can also be extremely difficult and often requires the support and cooperation of other staff members as well as members of a school's administration. School officials have a professional and legal obligation to support and take action on behalf of teachers who encounter discriminatory or hostile acts while teaching.
A Texas woman recently filed a lawsuit against the school where she was previously employed as a spanish teacher. In the lawsuit the woman, who is black, asserts she was the victim of repeated acts of racial discrimination and physical harassment and abuse by members of the student body. The woman, who taught spanish, details how she endured being called derogatory names and even physically accosted by several students.
Desperate, the teacher sought the advice and support of school officials. Rather than provide assistance and guidance on how to address the teacher's concerns, the teacher claims she was told by school officials that the hostile comments and actions were her fault. Additionally, school officials failed to address the teacher's concerns or take any action to prevent additional hostile acts from occurring.
The teacher eventually resigned, but insists she was forced to do so. She recently filed a lawsuit against the school district citing racial discrimination and a hostile work environment. As a result of the abuse, discrimination and inaction by school officials, the woman suffered severe mental and emotional pain. Additionally, she suffered a great economic loss when she was essentially forced to resign from her position as a teacher.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Spanish teacher forced to resign after complaining about racial discrimination, according to lawsuit," John Suayan, June 28, 2013