An unidentified teacher in the nation’s second-largest school district is the subject of much debate after she unleashed a profanity-laced classroom tirade recorded by a student at a Harbor City high school.
The Sept. 26 recording reveals the teacher yelling, “I know my f—ing s–t. Don’t f— with that. I’m tired of trying to educate you, and you guys resist every step of the f—ing way. Get the f— out of here.”
The recording was first reported by the Daily Breeze, which covers Narbonne High School, where the outburst occurred in a separate academy on campus.
The newspaper declined to identify the 12th-grade English teacher, and Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo said administrators were not issuing a statement or discussing the matter.
Audio of the tirade was posted by the Daily Breeze. (Listen here. WARNING: explicit language.)
The teacher — who was placed on paid leave during an investigation, according to the Daily Breeze — spoke to KTLA on condition of anonymity.
She confirmed the newspaper’s account of the outburst, saying she was embarrassed but hoped to return to work next week.
“You know, I had a weak moment,” she was quoted as saying in the Breeze. “Forgive me.”
The recording was made by a student using a cellphone in a classroom at the Humanities and Art Academy at Narbonne High in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles.
Cellphones are banned in LAUSD classrooms, which the teacher noted in a conversation with the Breeze. The situation points to ongoing concerns that instructors have about the use of cellphones in classrooms — and that the broader public might have about the possibility of being recorded at any time.
Students on campus Wednesday were sympathetic with the teacher.
“It is wrong to be cussing, at students especially, but a lot of kids here aggravate the teachers,” student Aaron Taylor said. “She’s a good teacher. Everybody makes mistakes and she’s only human.”
Another student noted that the teacher had apologized.
“Everybody forgave her,” Summer Washington said. “That’s our favorite teacher.”