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Classroom fights all too common, teachers say

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Teachers say fights like the one at Gibbs High that was videotaped and posted online happen more often than you think, and they happen in schools all across the Tampa Bay area.

"I've been in that teacher's shoes. I know that feeling, that fear and it's quite troubling," says Pinellas Classroom Teacher's Association President Kim Black.

"I feel sorry for them because ain't nobody trying to help them. So, they're trying to do it by themselves and they can't," says 11th grader Alexis Watson.

"I've been in certain situations where the teacher's gotten cursed at as if she was part of the altercation. It just really never ends well for a teacher when it comes to a heated situation," says 12th grader Chandler Warren.

Even before the fight, you hear students in the video yelling, cursing, laughing and egging each other on, disrespecting each other and ultimately the teacher.

"Our youth are troubled and our youth need help. We need to teach our students not only respect for themselves but respect for each other," Black says.

Like other districts, Pinellas classrooms do have phones and intercom buttons to the front office that teachers can use to call for help.

Last year in Pinellas, the number of kids suspended for fighting went up. At Gibbs alone, there were 76 out of school suspensions for fighting, more than any other school.

"They're not getting paid enough to stop fights," says 10th grader Kevon Buxton.

 

"Teachers can not do this on their own. We need parents community leaders, business leaders. This is the responsibility of everyone in our community," Black said.

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