Forsyth student filmed slapping a teacher caught earlier trying to kidnap another teacher

The stupid Raleigh media, the state teacher union, and the left-wing activist community all want you to believe the rising number of public school teaching vacancies is all about the pay rate.  Talk to parents, teachers, students and anyone else in touch with public schools on a regular basis.  THEY will tell you the real problem is the undisciplined, Wild-West character of many public schools from Murphy to Manteo.

School officials spend an inordinate amount of time focused on the racial makeup of who gets disciplined, suspended and / or expelled instead of the more important mission of instilling and preserving law and order.  It’s done here in Moore County.  I’ve watched our county board of education receive reports about the racial makeup of who gets disciplined.

Many of us have seen the viral video of the student at Winston-Salem’s Parkland High School slapping  a teacher and cursing at her. It turns out that student, Aquavis Hickman, is an old pro at that kind of behavior.  Here’s a report from Triad-area media:

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill made it clear – putting your hands on a teacher won’t be tolerated. 

On Thursday, the DA announced that the Parkland High School student accused of slapping his teacher in a viral video last month will face charges as an adult – and not just in this case. O’Neill said 17-year-old Aquavis Hickman is also accused of assaulting another Parkland teacher in a February incident.

O’Neill stood alongside Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough and Winston-Salem Police Chief William Penn during the announcement of Hickman’s charges. 

“Our message to our community is simple. We stand with the teachers,” O’Neill said. “We will fight to protect those teachers, and if you lay a hand on a teacher and assault a teacher, you can expect that the punishment will be swift and severe. Promise made. Promise kept.” 

O’Neill said they presented the facts of the case to a grand jury last week. The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment, and the cases will now head to Superior Court. 

In the incident from April, Aquavis Hickman will be charged with second-degree kidnapping of a teacher by unlawfully confining and restraining her for the purpose of terrorizing her, assaulting a government official, and communicating threats.

Hickman was initially charged as a juvenile with two counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of communicating threats. 

The teen is also accused of assaulting another teacher in February. There were allegations that Hickman gathered at least two others, rioted by engaging in public disturbance, kidnapped the male teacher, and tried to fight them, according to O’Neill. Officials said they do not believe the male teacher received any injuries from the incident.

Officials said Hickman’s bond was set at $20,000, and he has since bonded out.

The DA and law enforcement officials said they hope today’s announcement sends a message to the community that they’re going to stand with teachers. 

“We have to protect our teachers. We have to draw the line somewhere,” Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough said.

“Our schools aren’t a battleground or a boxing ring. Our schools must be sacred,” Winston-Salem Police Chief William Penn said.[…]

Isn’t that the truth?

Back to Moore County.  Here’s board of education member Pauline Bruno at a board work session earlier this week:

“[…]I hear a lot that we’re not following up on discipline. I’m hearing it from parents. I’m hearing it from teachers that we’re being way too soft with these kids.[…]” 

In Moore County, we’re marking the one year anniversary of a vicious schoolyard attack on Pinecrest High School student Avery Slatcher.  She was stabbed over 20 times on school grounds while talking to friends and waiting for classes to get started.

I know I’m sick of hearing alumni from various university “schools of education” chiding us ”know-nothings” — telling us to shut up and keep forking over the money.

I know that it’s not unreasonable to demand that public school staff and the kids forced to attend said schools be afforded the safest possible working and learning environment.  Demographics be damned.