ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Randall Anderson has been a teacher at Sam Houston High School in Arlington for three weeks. Anderson says lessons are important and he works on his every night.
“I became a teacher to inspire and motivate young minds, says Anderson.”
Anderson teaches 10th grade chemistry. One lesson he’s struggling with is one that happened earlier this month, involving one of his Hispanic students.
“He was looking at his friend and said what should we call him – we should call him “N”, then Anderson says “they chuckled, then he said yo “N” yo and he looked straight at me and said it.”
Anderson says he immediately asked the student to leave the class.
“It brings a lot of hurt and pain to me…”
Anderson documented what had happened and made an appointment with the principal… And said he was told nothing would be done. “If I had did that half our students wouldn’t be here, that’s how students talk in the halls and neighborhoods and things like that.”
He says the principal told him to call the student’s parents. But he feels that the higher ups needed to get involved.
When contacted by CBS 11 News, Amy Casas the Arlington ISD Director of Communications said “That is completely unacceptable that is a district stand. We are going to be looking into it. We are going to be investigating the issue and getting to the bottom of what occurred.”
For Anderson, this is too important of a lesson to let go.
“I feel like I have no power in the classroom because students are getting away with these types of things and it’s unfair to me and other students.”
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