Teachers powerless

Yes – indeed they are, as illustrated earlier.

This, though, makes no sense either.


Teachers are powerless to stop the spread of ‘legal high’ drugs in schools  -  and even have to hand back confiscated stashes to children at the end of the day, it emerged last night.

So let me get this right, because here’s how it worked when I went to school: If you were found to have something a teacher thought you shouldn’t have, or that was a source of disruption, it’d be confiscated. Probably until the end of the term. Theft is only the intention to permanently deprive.

If it is an item the teachers feel you shouldn’t have anyway, it’d be returned to your parents, who would decide. If it was something you really didn’t want your parents to know about, you had the knowledge that at the end of the week/month/term, you’d be properly in the shit with the Olds. So you’d have to come clean to them before the school did.

In other words, once anything iffy fell into the hands of the teachers, it was game over.

So why are these teachers giving this shit back at the end of the school day? Because some fuckwitted milquetoast directive compels them to?

Any teacher with (a) backbone and (b) sense of priorities would ignore the directive and follow the path laid out above, which is (AFAIK*) perfectly legal, proper and proportionate.

Any teacher not strong enough, or independently minded enough, to do that is in the wrong profession.


* iAnal


About Al Jahom
Anti-social malcontent, misanthrope and miserable git.

3 Responses to Teachers powerless

  1. bellagerens says:

    Either that article is bollocks or the head teacher quoted therein has the spine of an earthworm. If I found unlabelled or unidentified tablets on a student, I wouldn’t ask what they were or whether they were legal. I’d take the tablets and the child to the matron and ring the parents. No government ban or lack thereof prevents teachers from doing those things. Nor would I hand over the tablets at the end of the day to anyone but the parent or guardian. If they were legitimate medication, the matron would verify it; if not, the parents could determine how to discipline the child.

    A teacher doesn’t need to be able to flush the tablets to do something about the situation.

  2. SpiteK says:

    I work at a school near Westlands and Mike Stewart is known to be, umm, shall we say “different” when it comes to discipline and for adhering blindly to the letter of the written rules without being able to interpret them as a reasonable adult would. In the school in which I work, the course outlined by AJ is the norm and if we find kids with any “substances”, even cigs or booze, said substances are released only to the parents if legal, police if suspected not to be. It’s called being a responsible teacher. Most of us are, some morons slip through.

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