Teacher Describes an American High School: “Chaos”

Lee McNulty is now retired after 27-years as a public school teacher in Paterson, New Jersey. His descriptions of the school in which he worked, a regular district public school, are chilling.

He says, “Gangs of kids will roam the building; they’re looking for a certain person. They’ll walk into the classroom. They’ll find that kid and just start a fight in that class.” He says, “Our school is an indoor street corner. When I walk in that building, I have no idea anymore the concept of what right and wrong is.”

McNulty says the goings on in the school are no secret to the administration — after all, much of it is caught on the security cameras. He says the administration is more interested creating the facade of normalcy than correcting the problems.

He tells the story of students who had sex in the high school stairwell, and the event was “hushed up,” so parents and public would never know.

He also kept data on school attendance, finding that the average student missed class 33 days/year. He also says that final exam dates are set two weeks before the end of the year, designed to guarantee almost no education goes on during the final two weeks.

The interviewer is Bob Bowdon of Choice Media.
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Mainstream media outlets picked up the story:

The Record:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/ex-teacher-says-chaos-was-norm-officials-dispute-view-of-paterson-school-1.1141171

NJ.com:
http://www.nj.com/passaic-county/index.ssf/2014/11/retired_teacher_describes_chaos_disorder_at_paterson_high_school_video.html

FOX Television Affiliate:
http://www.my9nj.com/story/27536365/former-teacher-sites-sex-violence-at-paterson-nj-high-school

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