Sunday 16 February, 2020

Pembroke Hall High teacher to face disciplinary hearing

A screen grab from a video showing the verbal clash between a teacher and a student at Pembroke Hall High School last November.

A screen grab from a video showing the verbal clash between a teacher and a student at Pembroke Hall High School last November.

A female teacher of the Pembroke High School in St Andrew will face a disciplinary hearing this week, after being caught on tape last November threatening to murder a male student.

This was revealed by the school’s principal Reverend Claude Ellis on Friday.

Ellis disclosed that the teacher, who was identified as Marsha Lee Crawford, remains on vacation leave, while the student was pulled from the school by his parents and enrolled in another institution.

Ellis said that, following the hearing, the school’s board will be presented with a report from the Personnel Committee after which a decision will be taken as to what action, if any, will be taken against the teacher.

In a two-and-a-half minute long video that went viral, Lee Crawford was seen hurling death threats repeatedly at the student who seemingly tried to defend himself, especially when mention was made of his mother by the teacher.

The teacher’s rant was widely condemned by many, but she also received support from sympathizers who commented on the difficulties teachers have keeping students in line.

The unnamed boy was reportedly being reprimanded for talking out of turn.

“Mi wi kill you in yah bwoy,” the teacher shouted. She got further enraged when the boy allegedly raised hi voice at her.

“Weh yuh shout after mi fah? Mi look like you mumma?” she added.

The boy responded by asking the teacher why she made mention of his mother.

Not yet done, Lee Crawford again threatened to kill the student.

 “Yuh nuh have nuh sense! Nuh come in yah, ‘cause mi nuh play wid pickney.

“First of all, mi mash up pickney head in here,” she said. “Mi wi murder you inna diss.”

Following the tongue lashing, the boy was chased from the classroom.

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