HASTINGS (AP/CBS Detroit) — Did a frustrated teacher dump hot tea on fighting students at Hastings High School?

The district isn’t talking about the incident directly, but interim Superintendent Michelle Falcon issued this statement: “We are always very concerned for the safety of our students and staff. We are currently in the process of investigating this situation.”

Police are reportedly investigating a claim that a teacher dumped hot tea on a 15-year-old high school student and an 18-year-old classmate after they refused to stop fighting in school.

The Grand Rapids Press and television stations WOOD and WWMT report the dispute happened this week at Hastings High School in Hastings, about 30 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.

Police said the students had been texting each other before the older student confronted the younger one in a hallway. Police say they were told the teacher threatened to dump the tea if they didn’t separate.

As far as injuries, police said the younger student had minor burns.

And the teacher was placed on paid administrative leave.

Police said they plan to forward the results of their ongoing investigation to Barry County prosecutors for review.

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Comments (161)
  1. Ryan says:

    it was horrid tea

  2. Pink Foyd Fan says:

    What? No stun gun?

    1. Aditya says:

      Your story is elriey familiar, only I inherited mine at this age..& he has attachment problems on top of it all due to a rough start in life. He is now almost 16 & we are FINALLY making real, true progress for him with the school district. We’ve had some great teachers along the way & some awful ones. I know I don’t have it in me to homeschool him (although I homeschool my daughter so she wouldn’t have to go to the middle school after the awful experience he had there). Homework used to take 2 -4 hours & he battles me more than anyone else..so I battled the school district. Good for you for taking it on! I am in awe of you & pray you have a better outcome than we’ve gotten from the schools.

  3. B C says:

    Another example of how Political Correctness has made people stupid. Good for the teacher. Let that be a lesson to those who want to fight in school and ignore a teacher’s warning!

  4. ounceoflogic says:

    Had this teacher allowed these punks to fight and someone got hurt, the teacher would have been accused of neglect.

    Had the teacher attempted to physically break up the fight and in the process had touched students or she’d be accused of sexual harassment or predatory behavior.

    Had the teacher called the police or security it would have been labeled and Over-Reaction.

    Point is: In the world that liberals are trying to make for us,
    No worries though… the union will protect.

  5. deedee says:

    Whatever it takes!! Fast thinking on the Teachers part! They wont forget that anytime soon, and maybe will have bad memories whenever they think of fighting again. :)

  6. Marilyn says:

    Good for the teacher!

  7. Thought Recon says:

    Job Well Done to this Teacher!!! Our public schools are a train wreck and international embarrassment ruled by the “students” because there are no consequences for their actions for fear of lawsuits. Pass tort reform legislation, remove unions from the public sector and then immediately return paddles to the principles. It’s too late for the “everybody gets a trophy” generation but their is still time to save the next.

    1. Thought Recon says:

      correcting a typo: meant “there” not…”their”. Yes I am a graduate of the public school system.

  8. Tyrone N But ts says:

    Too bad the teachers aren’t allowed to carry traditional bullwhips to tame these sa vages.

  9. Howard Feinski says:

    Tea’s good. But some liberal will automatically take the opposite opinion and claim that hot coffee would’ve been much better.

  10. Snad says:

    I bet the tea was tepid, not hot.

  11. RogerJ says:

    Why is an 18 year old kid a “classmate” of a 15 year old? If I were the teacher I would have thrown the tea at the young one then broken the cup over the head of the older flunky. That punishment would still be lighter than these two thugs will encounter as they graduate to prison.

    1. useyourheadroger says:

      Roger clearly didn’t read the rest of the comments where it has already been explained that many, if not most high school seniors are 18 before they graduate because of the early cut off dates for school entrance. Almost everyone in my graduating class celebrated their 18th birthday during senior year. It doesn’t mean anyone is a flunky.

  12. Springer Rider says:

    Tea for two

  13. Smash Crasher says:

    What’s the big deal. She just earned herself a PAID Holiday. Just think if the union parasite burned both the kids, she would have gotten months of PAID Holidays. I’ll tell you what. If any snot-hole union PIG teacher burned my kid with hot tea, she’d be filing for bankruptcy after i sued her and the district foe everything I could get. It’s called assault. What would you do if somebody doused you with hot tea?

  14. sean patriot says:

    Oh so its HOT water from a cup that works on these savages and not cold water from a firemans hose. Got It, Thanks for the tip

  15. Getting Tired of it says:

    Kudos to the teacher. Had the fight resulted in some sort of injury, the teacher would be in trouble for that. Both of the little miscreants need to be suspended and the parents should be held responsible for their children’s actions.
    Was a time when a kid in school had some respect for the authority of the teacher and were more worried that any incidents might get reported back to their parents. That’s what helped to keep the order. Now everyone gets coddled and no one is held responsible for their own actions.

  16. Smarterthanlibs says:

    Those kids are lucky I am not their teacher… they both would have a hand print on the back of their head for the next 10 years.

    1. Devi says:

      Hi sonoeme. Not really. I did not base it on that. I just used it as an example. It’s just that most of my friends abroad always tell me that people’s first impression of them is like that.But yeah, I feel you especially re your last paragraph. Most of my non-Pinoy friends always tell me that some of their lot find our being-so-proud-yeah-we’ll-rub-it-in when it comes to our achievements annoying sometimes, especially on the Web.and the Kurakot part. the sadder part is, you know there’s truth in that.Hey, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your comment. It makes me rethink a number of things, actually.

    2. Gwen says:

      Thanks for the comments, all.Bombayite…..the tsiuqeon is….why should the role of the government in education be completely superseded by private institutions or private charity? There is a role for charity in this world. And private institutions should be free to ply their trade. But there’s no guarantee that their schools will support the education of all, especially the poor. There should be at least a decently good education for all, especially the poor (who cannot afford it). And every “developed” country in the world (the US included) has managed that with decent public schools. Frog….you ask “How does their being election poll officials help them wield power”. In three ways. 1) Since they control the booth, if they are aligned with any particular party, they allow “booth capturing” by that party. 2) They can enable “vote stuffing”, of voters absent. 3) They can actively prevent voters of known ideology (if against the party of their own choice) from voting. There are other ways too when they can influence elections. Because of this they are heavily courted by grassroots politicians. They’re also important people in village politics because of this.At the college level….you’re sometimes right. There are many good teachers in govt colleges (i went to one myself)…..but the system has been changed substantially there.Michael…….i liked the way you put the comment through. But about apathetic parents…..sometimes, it cant be helped. The parents often are themselves illiterate, and have never even been inside a school. They have no idea what an education is. So, how do you think they can all be involved, and helpful? You’re bang on target about local control. True for many things……a big top-down approach rarely works.Srikanth……Digvijay Singh had many merits as well as demerits. But he did try to reform the educational sector. During his time, the teacher absentee rate in MP dropped (from being amongst the worst in the country, to actually the best in the country, with a 10-12% absentee rate). But his measures were extremely unpopular with the teachers. The MP teachers union directly opposed him. Singh blames them for his loss in the elections. I don’t know how much of that is true.

  17. MsGAPeach says:

    I read comments on other sights from students who watched this fight. They said the tea was lukewarm not hot and it was the only thing she could do. They were sticking up for the teacher in this case. Even if you pour it on one, the runoff is going to catch the other person anyways. Good for the teacher. Hope the kids watching will stick up for the teacher if her job is in question.

  18. lahewet says:

    The heck with hot tea, I think teachers should be issued taser’s! But seriously, who in their right mind would ever want to be a public school teacher nowadays? Disrespectful vermin for students, enabled by their dysfunctional parent(s), and badgered by politically correct, weak, secular progressive administrators. Why would anyone choose this???

  19. Larry says:

    Sadly, schools don’t support their teachers efforts to control students and students know it. So they are allowed to do whatever they choose which disrupts education and respect towards the teachers.

    When I was in college, a poly sci professor didn’t tolerate talking in class He would throw chalk at high speed, usually smashing off the walls. Nobody complained as far as I know. It was necessary !

  20. Steve says:

    I thought you were supposed to use a water hose when animals act out.

  21. garylee123 says:

    Get the freakin phones out of the school!!

  22. mike says:

    Sometimes the animals at the zoo need to be scolded with hot liquid. If these freakin kids can not act appropriately then do what you need to do to gain control of the school. The other children who attend the school shouldn’t have to be subjected to aholes. They are there to learn if you can’t get with the program then get scolded with some tea then get expelled.

  23. Blaine Hislop says:

    at what point do people realize that the best course for your children is home-schooling or private school?

    Do people actually realize how idiotic and uncaring most public school teachers really are? Let’s all be honest: Of the few dozen i had during my primary and secondary school career, only a handful had any sort of meaningful positive impact on their students; most of them were there because their positions allowed them to bully someone else’s kids for several hours each day or because they wanted the gold-plated pension on offer. I can assure you, most of these people don’t do anything for the kids.

  24. LicketySplit says:

    Perfect example as to why Corporal Punishment should be reinstated in schools. It should be mandatory and if a school refuses then pull their funding. Whenever a kid in a class can verbally abuse or physically abuse a teacher and nothing happens to said student you know the liberal unions have not taken care of said union member….why am i not surprised. Unions need to go!

  25. Fred Sherman says:

    The teacher is an idiot and so are most of the commenters praising her. Do this to a Gitmo detainee and you’re the same people that would be crying about torture.

    If your neighbor did it to her children at home, you’d call CPS and claim its abuse.

    So why does it make sense here?

    The bottom line is the teacher acted inappropriately. When two children are fighting, you don’t make matters worse. The adult is supposed to act like an adult, to think through their actions and make sound decisions. She did neither.

    If she wasn’t physically capable of breaking up the fight, she had no business getting between them. Cops wait for backup when the situation is too much for one to handle. This mental midget should have done the same.

    1. Nana Sherman says:

      Fred! Stop looking at your computer in the basment and doing your poundy hip actions all over the furniture! Come upstairs and let nana clean you up while she sips her hot tea

      1. Fred Sherman says:

        As Oscar Wilde supposed said, “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit”.

  26. Barakie Bamas says:

    I believe this tracher did the right thing, and if re-elected I would like to give each teacher a warm cup of sudsy soap water to throw on these little dung beetles so they can get a bath at the same time.

    I throw hot liquid on my wife michelle all the time. Sometimes I let Joe B watch


    When dealing with animals…you need a whip and chair…not tea.

  28. A.J. says:

    We used to throw water on dogs to break them up. Perhaps this practice has progressed to hot tea when dealing with animals nowadays.

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