Teachers Sounding The Alarm Over ‘Room Clear’ Method | NBC Nightly News


MOINES AND ALSO PORTLAND, AND IT’S KNOWN AS ROOM CLEAR. PORTLAND, AND IT’S KNOWN AS ROOM CLEAR. NBC’S INDICATEKATE SNOW FOUND KNOWN AS ROOM CLEAR. NBC’S INDICATEKATE SNOW FOUND IT CAN HAVE NBC’S INDICATEKATE SNOW FOUND IT CAN HAVE DESTRUCTIVE RESULTS. IT CAN HAVE DESTRUCTIVE RESULTS.>>Reporter: THE DESTRUCTIVE RESULTS.>>Reporter: THE VIDEOS ARE SHOCKING,>>Reporter: THE VIDEOS ARE SHOCKING, CLASSROOMS TORN APART, VIDEOS ARE SHOCKING, CLASSROOMS TORN APART, DESKS AND TABLES CLASSROOMS TORN APART, DESKS AND TABLES UPENDED. DESKS AND TABLES UPENDED.>>I HAD MY THINGS UPENDED.>>I HAD MY THINGS THROWN AROUND THE>>I HAD MY THINGS THROWN AROUND THE ROOM, RIPPED OFF THE THROWN AROUND THE ROOM, RIPPED OFF THE WALLS. ROOM, RIPPED OFF THE WALLS. I’VE BEEN PUNCHED, WALLS. I’VE BEEN PUNCHED, KICKED, STABBED WITH A I’VE BEEN PUNCHED, KICKED, STABBED WITH A PENCIL. KICKED, STABBED WITH A PENCIL.>>Reporter: HOW PENCIL.>>Reporter: HOW COMMON IS THAT?>>Reporter: HOW COMMON IS THAT?>>PRETTY COMMON. COMMON IS THAT?>>PRETTY COMMON.>>Reporter: ASHLEY>>PRETTY COMMON.>>Reporter: ASHLEY MAY QUIT HER TEACHING>>Reporter: ASHLEY MAY QUIT HER TEACHING JOB IN DES MOINES AT MAY QUIT HER TEACHING JOB IN DES MOINES AT THE END OF LAST SCHOOL JOB IN DES MOINES AT THE END OF LAST SCHOOL YEAR, FRUSTRATED AND THE END OF LAST SCHOOL YEAR, FRUSTRATED AND FRANKLY SCARED BY SOME YEAR, FRUSTRATED AND FRANKLY SCARED BY SOME OF HER STUDENTS. FRANKLY SCARED BY SOME OF HER STUDENTS.>>HE WOULD BODY CHECK OF HER STUDENTS.>>HE WOULD BODY CHECK ME AND GRAB ME BY MY>>HE WOULD BODY CHECK ME AND GRAB ME BY MY WHISTLE AND YANK ME ME AND GRAB ME BY MY WHISTLE AND YANK ME DOWN. WHISTLE AND YANK ME DOWN. AND THEN I HAD ANOTHER DOWN. AND THEN I HAD ANOTHER STUDENT WHO PULLED AND THEN I HAD ANOTHER STUDENT WHO PULLED BACK AND JUST THREW A STUDENT WHO PULLED BACK AND JUST THREW A PUNCH AT ME. BACK AND JUST THREW A PUNCH AT ME.>>Reporter: THESE PUNCH AT ME.>>Reporter: THESE KIDS ARE HOW OLD?>>Reporter: THESE KIDS ARE HOW OLD?>>7. KIDS ARE HOW OLD?>>7.>>Reporter: LIKE>>7.>>Reporter: LIKE OTHER TEACHERS WHO>>Reporter: LIKE OTHER TEACHERS WHO TOOK THESE PHOTOS, MAY OTHER TEACHERS WHO TOOK THESE PHOTOS, MAY WOULD CALL FOR A ROOM TOOK THESE PHOTOS, MAY WOULD CALL FOR A ROOM CLEAR, A PRACTICE USED WOULD CALL FOR A ROOM CLEAR, A PRACTICE USED WHEN A STUDENT GETS CLEAR, A PRACTICE USED WHEN A STUDENT GETS OUT OF CONTROL, LEAVE WHEN A STUDENT GETS OUT OF CONTROL, LEAVE THE DISRUPTIVE CHILD OUT OF CONTROL, LEAVE THE DISRUPTIVE CHILD IN THE CLASSROOM WHILE THE DISRUPTIVE CHILD IN THE CLASSROOM WHILE THE OTHER KIDS ARE IN THE CLASSROOM WHILE THE OTHER KIDS ARE MOVED OUT. THE OTHER KIDS ARE MOVED OUT.>>IS CLEARING THE MOVED OUT.>>IS CLEARING THE ROOM FAIR TO THE OTHER>>IS CLEARING THE ROOM FAIR TO THE OTHER STUDENTS? ROOM FAIR TO THE OTHER STUDENTS?>>NOT FAIR. STUDENTS?>>NOT FAIR. NOT FAIR TO ANYBODY.>>NOT FAIR. NOT FAIR TO ANYBODY. THE OTHER STUDENTS NOT FAIR TO ANYBODY. THE OTHER STUDENTS DON’T GET TO LEARN. THE OTHER STUDENTS DON’T GET TO LEARN. I CAN’T TEACH. DON’T GET TO LEARN. I CAN’T TEACH. MY STUFF IS GETTING I CAN’T TEACH. MY STUFF IS GETTING DESTROYED. MY STUFF IS GETTING DESTROYED. THAT STUDENT CAN’T DESTROYED. THAT STUDENT CAN’T LEARN. THAT STUDENT CAN’T LEARN.>>WE UNDERSTAND THAT LEARN.>>WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHALLENGES.>>WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHALLENGES.>>Reporter: DES THE CHALLENGES.>>Reporter: DES MOINES SUPERINTENDENT>>Reporter: DES MOINES SUPERINTENDENT TOM AHART SAYS ROOM MOINES SUPERINTENDENT TOM AHART SAYS ROOM CLEARS ARE A LAST TOM AHART SAYS ROOM CLEARS ARE A LAST RESORT THAT HAVE CLEARS ARE A LAST RESORT THAT HAVE BECOME MORE COMMON IN RESORT THAT HAVE BECOME MORE COMMON IN THE PAST DECADE. BECOME MORE COMMON IN THE PAST DECADE. ENROLLMENT IS UP. THE PAST DECADE. ENROLLMENT IS UP. FUNDING IS DOWN, AND ENROLLMENT IS UP. FUNDING IS DOWN, AND THERE AREN’T ENOUGH FUNDING IS DOWN, AND THERE AREN’T ENOUGH MENTAL HEALTH THERE AREN’T ENOUGH MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS FOR KIDS. MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS FOR KIDS.>>THE EXPECTATION ON PROVIDERS FOR KIDS.>>THE EXPECTATION ON SCHOOLS HAVE CHANGED>>THE EXPECTATION ON SCHOOLS HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY, BUT THE SCHOOLS HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY, BUT THE CHALLENGES THAT WE’RE DRAMATICALLY, BUT THE CHALLENGES THAT WE’RE ASKED TO DEAL WITH CHALLENGES THAT WE’RE ASKED TO DEAL WITH HAVE INCREASED WHILE ASKED TO DEAL WITH HAVE INCREASED WHILE RESOURCES HAVE BEEN HAVE INCREASED WHILE RESOURCES HAVE BEEN REDUCED. RESOURCES HAVE BEEN REDUCED.>>Reporter: YOUR REDUCED.>>Reporter: YOUR TEACHERS ARE CAUGHT IN>>Reporter: YOUR TEACHERS ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL TEACHERS ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS? THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS?>>ABSOLUTELY. THIS?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: IT’S>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: IT’S HAPPENING NATIONWIDE,>>Reporter: IT’S HAPPENING NATIONWIDE, EDUCATION EXPERTS SAY, HAPPENING NATIONWIDE, EDUCATION EXPERTS SAY, BECAUSE OF STRICTER EDUCATION EXPERTS SAY, BECAUSE OF STRICTER RULES ON TEACHERS BECAUSE OF STRICTER RULES ON TEACHERS USING PHYSICAL RULES ON TEACHERS USING PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS. USING PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS.>>SO IF SCHOOLS HAVE RESTRAINTS.>>SO IF SCHOOLS HAVE TO BE MUCH MORE>>SO IF SCHOOLS HAVE TO BE MUCH MORE CAREFUL ABOUT TO BE MUCH MORE CAREFUL ABOUT RESTRAINING OR CAREFUL ABOUT RESTRAINING OR REMOVING KIDS FROM RESTRAINING OR REMOVING KIDS FROM CLASS, THEN ONE OF THE REMOVING KIDS FROM CLASS, THEN ONE OF THE SORT OF SIMPLER THINGS CLASS, THEN ONE OF THE SORT OF SIMPLER THINGS TO DO IS TO REMOVE ALL SORT OF SIMPLER THINGS TO DO IS TO REMOVE ALL THE OTHER KIDS. TO DO IS TO REMOVE ALL THE OTHER KIDS.>>Reporter: BOB THE OTHER KIDS.>>Reporter: BOB CUNNINGHAM FOCUSES ON>>Reporter: BOB CUNNINGHAM FOCUSES ON EDUCATION POLICY AT CUNNINGHAM FOCUSES ON EDUCATION POLICY AT THE NONPROFIT EDUCATION POLICY AT THE NONPROFIT UNDERSTOOD. THE NONPROFIT UNDERSTOOD.>>YOU NEED TO FIGURE UNDERSTOOD.>>YOU NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY THAT KID IS>>YOU NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY THAT KID IS ACTING THAT WAY. OUT WHY THAT KID IS ACTING THAT WAY. BEHAVIOR IS NOT ACTING THAT WAY. BEHAVIOR IS NOT ACCIDENTAL, KATE. BEHAVIOR IS NOT ACCIDENTAL, KATE. IT’S A COMMUNICATION ACCIDENTAL, KATE. IT’S A COMMUNICATION METHOD. IT’S A COMMUNICATION METHOD.>>Reporter: ZANDER METHOD.>>Reporter: ZANDER WHITE HAS SPECIAL>>Reporter: ZANDER WHITE HAS SPECIAL NEEDS. WHITE HAS SPECIAL NEEDS. HE IS THE STUDENT WHO NEEDS. HE IS THE STUDENT WHO STABBED ASHLEY MAY HE IS THE STUDENT WHO STABBED ASHLEY MAY WITH THE PENCIL. STABBED ASHLEY MAY WITH THE PENCIL.>>AND THAT MAKES ME WITH THE PENCIL.>>AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL SO BAD BECAUSE I>>AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL SO BAD BECAUSE I KNOW HE IS A GOOD KID. FEEL SO BAD BECAUSE I KNOW HE IS A GOOD KID.>>Reporter: HIS MOM KNOW HE IS A GOOD KID.>>Reporter: HIS MOM DAWN FEELS BADLY FOR>>Reporter: HIS MOM DAWN FEELS BADLY FOR THE OTHER STUDENTS, DAWN FEELS BADLY FOR THE OTHER STUDENTS, BUT SAYS THERE IS NO THE OTHER STUDENTS, BUT SAYS THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE FOR HER BUT SAYS THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE FOR HER SON. OTHER PLACE FOR HER SON.>>I WANT HIM TO BE SON.>>I WANT HIM TO BE SOCIALIZING AND, YOU>>I WANT HIM TO BE SOCIALIZING AND, YOU KNOW, HANGING OUT WITH SOCIALIZING AND, YOU KNOW, HANGING OUT WITH KIDS, BUT I DO THINK KNOW, HANGING OUT WITH KIDS, BUT I DO THINK THAT HE NEEDS TO BE IN KIDS, BUT I DO THINK THAT HE NEEDS TO BE IN A SMALLER SETTING. THAT HE NEEDS TO BE IN A SMALLER SETTING.>>Reporter: ASHLEY A SMALLER SETTING.>>Reporter: ASHLEY MAY HOPES BRINGING THE>>Reporter: ASHLEY MAY HOPES BRINGING THE PROBLEM TO LIGHT MEANS MAY HOPES BRINGING THE PROBLEM TO LIGHT MEANS MORE SUPPORT FOR PROBLEM TO LIGHT MEANS MORE SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS. MORE SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS.>>AS THIS ISSUE GETS TEACHERS.>>AS THIS ISSUE GETS MORE ATTENTION AND>>AS THIS ISSUE GETS MORE ATTENTION AND PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, MORE ATTENTION AND PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, HOPEFULLY IT PUSHES PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, HOPEFULLY IT PUSHES PEOPLE TO MAKE A HOPEFULLY IT PUSHES PEOPLE TO MAKE A CHANGE. PEOPLE TO MAKE A CHANGE.>>LESTER, THE CHANGE.>>LESTER, THE EDUCATION EXPERTS I>>LESTER, THE EDUCATION EXPERTS I SPOKE WITH SAY THE EDUCATION EXPERTS I SPOKE WITH SAY THE SOLUTION IS SMALLER SPOKE WITH SAY THE SOLUTION IS SMALLER CLASS SIZES, MORE

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