One of the many differences between public and private schools is the teachers’ classroom behavior. I never attended a public school, but from what I understand verbally harassing students, frequently using obscenities and throwing the occasional dictionary at a kid who has dosed off in class would be considered unacceptable. These were all rather common occurrences at my high school, and I can say with a 100 percent certainty that we deserved all of it.
Teaching high school kids can be frustrating, especially when you’re extremely underpaid at a catholic school. There are a plethora of differences between public and private schools, but one of the few similarities is the abuse given to substitute teachers. There is nothing quite like the wrath a substitute receives from a group of teens who have little respect for authority, it can reach borderline torturous extremity. Frustration is simply inevitable when faced with the unenviable task of keeping high schoolers in order. Substitutes are prone to yelling fruitlessly and sending students to the principal’s office, however giving a kid a purple nurple simply isn’t okay.
Chukwuma Duru, 27, a substitute at Bronx Career and College Prep High School in Morrisania, was charged with forcible touching, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
The 16-year-old student told cops Duru touched his nipples inappropriately during two separate instances on Feb. 10.
Duru was released without bail.
Everyone has breaking point, but it must take something truly special for a 27-year-old substitute teacher to resort to a form of middle school torture.