The video of the confrontation at Spring Valley High School exposes a disturbing trend I saw during 31 years in public education.
When a student decides to be uncooperative, administrators have few options. Schools do not have the space to relocate the 20-plus students who are behaving, so the problem student must be removed from the classroom in order to protect their educational rights.
These problem students have learned that creating a confrontation is an advantageous strategy. The press paints the police as abusive, thuggish agents of a biased school administration, rather than recognizing the incident was initiated by a student who refused to accept the authority of a teacher.
This is not the Martin Luther King Jr. concept of civil disobedience, but simply a selfish desire to disrupt the education of many for aggrandizement and personal exultation.
Jay C. Byars