A teachers strike in Strongsville, Ohio, has entered day five — and things are starting to get ugly.
Parma, a town located near Strongsville, was littered with flyers outing a so-called “scab” (i.e. a person substituting in place of one of the union members).
“I got a letter about four in the afternoon Wednesday,” Parma resident Dan Dubecky told Fox 8 Cleveland.
“It starts off by saying, ‘Do you know a scab lives in your neighborhood?’ It gives the gentleman’s name, his address, his telephone number, personal information. And then it says, ‘Why is he a scab?’ And it talks about him crossing the picket line in Strongsville,” said Dubecky.
Approximately 400 teachers are currently on strike, according to the report.
“When I walked down my street, it looks like everybody has one,” Dubecky added, referring to the flyers.
He says he can understand the teachers’ frustration, but he also thinks outing the substitute is just plain dangerous.
“Who knows what this guy will go through? I don’t know him or his circumstances, but I’m sure he’s just a guy trying to work,” said Dubecky.
A union official told the Fox affiliate that they didn’t know anything about the “scab” flyers and that “things are getting ugly for both sides.”
“It’s not just one-sided. There are teachers and retirees who are coming back to be with us whose cars are getting egged,” said Tracy Linscott, SEA President.
No new talks between the union and the Board of Education have been announced.
“We found out this past week how strong we really are. That we can stand strong and make a statement,” said Linscott.
Man I tell you, few things make me sicker than these teacher strikes. They say it's about the kids. Pa-lease.
If I were a wealthy man, like Bruce Wayne wealthy because I'd probably have to be, I would make an offer to all the parents of all the kids who currently attend this school district and offer to foot the bill for the kids to attend a private school of their choosing. Any reasonable parent would jump at the offer and hopefully that'd be the majority of them. That would do two things.
-Create an obviously better and merit based learning experience.
-Effectively shut down the public school for at least a year. Thereby giving all those selfish union pricks a lot of time to sit home on their asses and evaluate their priorities.
Remember I said the offer is only for the kids currently attending. The following year the public school would open back up in the public spotlight. My offer would make a historic impact and also would include lucrative job offers for the 'scab' teachers who obviously cared about the kids more. The private schools would definitely consider my recommendation of these teachers a worthy one since I just gave them perhaps two thousand new paying students.
Wether it's true or not is besides the point but this comment from the source page is what inspired my little dream above...
I actually live in Strongsville and have 2 children that go to the schools here!!
It’s a total mess and such a joke. These “teachers” make dropping my kids off a serious hassle (by walking back and forth across the school parking lot entrance, with help from the police and hired security), yell at me in my car to keep my kids home, and are just making a complete embarrassment of this city!
My daughter, who is in kindergarten now, is lucky because her teacher is one of the few (maybe only?) teachers who crossed the picket line and is continuing to teach her class. So at least my daughter’s day is mostly normal, however I know that the High School has over 70+ students in a clas right now, no staff to keep an eye on them, and before the strike there are many reports of the teachers telling students to disobey the subs (scabs), treat them like crap, and create as much trouble as they can!!! Then there are the high school students who have been skipping school to hang out with the teachers, and the police who are right there don’t say a thing!!!
My wife and I didn’t like this school system to begin with, (we both graduated from Strongsville in 1999), but now we are furious and disgusted and have no idea what to do besides private school, which we can’t afford. I just pray that the school board doesn’t give in to these greedy, selfish animals!
Edited by -Mr_Fess-, 09 March 2013 - 04:20 PM.