A North Carolina teacher resigned after a viral video on social media of him having a temper tantrum towards his students.
Southwest High School administrators notified the Onslow School District of the verbal outburst that took place during the first period. Sophomore Cimayiah Josey recorded her teacher’s outburst and shared it online. In the video, you can hear Josey’s teacher angrily shouting at his students.
“You can go through life on the **** system and get your paycheck on the first and 15th from my taxes and live an absolute horrible life. I don’t care. You can be another statistic, I don’t care.”
According to WCTI, Josey began recording her teacher’s antics because she knew people wouldn’t believe her if she told them what he said to the class.
“I was scared; I didn’t know what to do,” Josey said.
Josey shared that the degrading speech happened after the teacher told students to put their electronic belongings away, but the class ignored the teacher’s instructions and made jokes towards him.
“I felt like what he was saying was wrong. I felt like it was racially motivated. It was disrespectful,” Josey said. “Your job is to encourage me and to push me to be the best I can be, even though it wasn’t said directly to me, dang, that’s how you really think about us.”
Her mother, Nicky Josey, told WCTI that she felt the teacher’s methods were overboard and aggressive for a classroom setting.
“I don’t talk to my children like that, so I didn’t really expect an educator to talk to my child like that,” Nicky Josey said. “To listen to the video for the first time, I had tears in my eyes.”
“I think the respect went out the window a long time ago. And truthfully, that was flight or flight mode for her,” Nicky Josey said.
Josey feels she did the right thing by exposing her teacher’s hateful words.
“I don’t think I did anything wrong. If you was in my shoes, how would you feel? Like what would you have done?” Josey said.
“In the Onslow County School system, we expect only the highest standards of behavior from our students and staff and that we treat every member of our school family with dignity and respect. The type of behavior exhibited in this situation will not be tolerated and is certainly not representative of the employees of Southwest High School or any other employees who work in our district,” an Onslow County statement said.
The district has not shared the teacher’s name.