Minnesota teacher accused of throwing backpack at student's head, faces assault charge

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 9:45 PM

ST. PETER, Minn. — A Minnesota teacher faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly throwing an 11-pound backpack at a student's head during class.

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snickelodeonNov. 1, 13 7:59 AM

I'm well into my sixties, and I still remember the general level of thuggery practiced by a number of teachers at the junior high and high school level in several Twin Cities suburban schools I attended. For some reason, male phy. ed and industrial arts teachers seemed to be the worst, along with assistant principals. I can still recall students' heads being slammed against lockers for no apparent reason; gym teachers publicly humiliating any student perceived to be gay; and a vice-principal who thought it his patriotic duty to assault and rip black arm bands off the sleeves of students who were wearing them to protest the Vietnam war, just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled (Tinker V. Des Moines) you can't do that. Sad to hear that physical assault of children by adults is still a factor. I'm sure there are some fine, dedicated teachers in our public and private schools, as there were decades ago. But there are also some thugs, whose behavior is inexcusable. I can't think of any of the adult bullies in my day who assaulted, or threatened to assault, only one child, once. It is typically a pattern of behavior that is tolerated or even encouraged by school administrators, who likewise lack the skills to manage their classrooms, or their anger, any better. It's time they were held accountable by the criminal justice system, and they certainly have no business teaching our children.

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bobblumenfelNov. 1, 13 3:53 PM

"Shoemaker also asked the student to stay after class to talk to him. During that discussion, Shoemaker told him he had a temper and apologized for throwing a backpack at him, the student reported." -- Sounds like the teacher realized too late he'd done something wrong. Had he realized that before he did it, it might never have happened. That's called Anger Management.

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eman2001Nov. 2, 13 2:27 PM

Of course, two sides to every story. The public has no idea what it's like to work with children and their parents today. Too bad that a seemingly knowledgeable and caring teacher will probably lose his career over this on incident.

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simplicity1Nov. 2, 13 8:00 PM

I'm with the teacher on this one as far as his opinion of HS sports. HS sports are not of much use in increasing the productivity of the nation... and tend to produce lots of meat-heads for the very few who actually become something respectable. However, he should have simply failed little Johny superstar. Doing so would have been much more productive in the end.

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