“My people fought for years, so we wouldn’t have to serve white people like you!”
Meet Pamela Bullock. She’s an ‘Intervention Specialist’ which is a fancy name for a teacher in a failing school district. I’d say people like her are why it’s failing. She still has her teaching credentials after she “resigned” because firing teachers is just so darned hard.
It was Spring 2014, and four teaching assistants at Wayne Local Schools in Warren County hit their tipping point. They wanted to give their colleague the benefit of the doubt, but on May 28, they watched her throw a marker at a handicapped, non-verbal student, hitting the child in the head.
“The same day, a racial comment was directed toward the same student,” the assistants wrote in a letter dated May 29. “After applying a bandage to the student’s leg, (Intervention Specialist Pamela Bullock) said, ‘Anything else, your highness? … My people fought for years, so we wouldn’t have to serve white people like you.’ “
The week before they wrote the letter, the Wayne teaching assistants claimed they saw Bullock get frustrated with a student and take the safety wheels off the student’s wheelchair, according to their letter. The student tends to tip her chair back when misbehaving, and the safety wheels prevent the chair flipping.
“In addition, there is a great lack of teaching in the functional skills classroom for intensive needs special education students,” the letter states. “On most days, (Bullock) sits at her computer, while paraprofessionals create activities and try to teach the students.
“It is not the intention of this letter to be vindictive or to attack (Bullock). However, as paraprofessionals, we are required to be advocates for our students.”
Bullock resigned after the district initiated termination procedures. Two of her supervisors, then-elementary school principal Jean Hartman and then-special education coordinator Amanda Johnson, were put on paid administrative leave for allegedly knowing about Bullock’s actions but not immediately reporting them. Neither is currently employed by the district. Johnson declined comment. Hartman could not be reached.