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Paterson teacher resigns after confrontation with rowdy International High School students

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A city high school teacher has resigned after a video of her confronting a group of noisy and disruptive students by hurling a racial epithet and disparaging their intelligence surfaced on a social networking site.

Georgiana Jackson, who has been working as a special education teacher at the district for almost three years, is seen pounding on a desk and delivering a threat laced with racial epithet and profanity. She uses the n-word and the f-word while loudly addressing a student. She also describes the students in the classroom as “dumb-ass kids.”

“We are aware of the incident and the district conducted an immediate investigation,” said Terry Corallo, spokeswoman for the Paterson Public Schools, when inquired about the viral video showing the exchange between the teacher and the students. She said the teacher resigned from her job on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

School board member Emanuel Capers described the video as “disturbing.” He said the teacher should have de-escalated the situation.

Jackson could have called security or the principal instead of verbally abusing the students, said Capers. He said the incident happened on Friday. He suggested the district provide teachers with more training to de-escalate situations like the one captured on video.

“We’re not going to stand for this. I’m sorry our students had to see that,” said Capers. He was particularly upset at the teacher’s use of the n-word, he said. The teacher and the main belligerent student appear to be African-American.

A security guard is seen entering the classroom. She beckons the loud student to go with her at the end of the one-minute video clip.

“He ain’t do nothing,” a student is heard saying in the video.

Jackson’s response suggests the boy involved may have provoked her. However, the short video only shows the incensed teacher attacking the one boy in particular before uttering a broad verbal attack against all of the students.

John McEntee, Jr., president of the Paterson Education Association, the teachers’ union, declined to comment on the video or the teacher’s resignation.

Jackson was hired in Jan. 2015. Her salary as a special education teacher at International High School was $58,000, according to district payroll records.

Jackson’s tirade captured on video can be found below (Note: contains profanity, racial epithet, and threatening language.):

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

  • John E

    Does she seem justified in her affirmative statements?

  • Vindicated

    Sad for her, losing her cool. Honestly though… teachers in this town are under paid to deal with this shit, but then again we pay sooo much in taxes she probably would of been laid off soon enough, because they’re coming. I wonder if Bergen County has this “student “ problem.

  • vaughnjackson

    This is quite sad because the whole video is not shown. Yes, she lost her cool when she should have just call security. She suffer abuse from at these children on a daily basis. Don't go thinking the boy in question is innocent, where is the part of the video where he told her to suck his private parts and threatened to kill her on more that occasion. I know the teacher in this video and it must have been really bad for her to loose her cool this way.

    • The Teacher

      At least this story is balanced. "Jackson’s response suggests the boy involved may have provoked her. However, the short video only shows the incensed teacher attacking the one boy in particular before uttering a broad verbal attack against all of the students."
      You should see the biased story on NorthJersey.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      I bet you she wrote this student up before and nothing occurred. A student could stab a teacher and get a slap on the wrist. personally if a student threatened me I would call the cops , report it and get a restraining order. If administration retaliated against me because I was protecting my self I would sue.

  • Arly

    This is not this teachers first situation it was just the first situation brought out into light she is very disrespectful and not professional at all. She has a bad temper and should not be a teacher with that attitude

    • Anonymous

      This isn't her first time lashing out like this. I've had her on a number of occasions and she's calm but easily aggravated. Never heard her threaten the students though, that was a first. Kind of glad they got her on video so I'm a bit relieved.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    she can get hired in a Charter

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Where is the part where the student was disciplined or suspended for threatening a teacher? I find this very disturbing

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Chappelle's show "When keepin it real goes wrong"

  • Wilfredo Perez

    That happens when too much is demanded from teachers, but too little from students.

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