A messy love triangle is one thing, but a brawl in a school with expletives flying in front of students crosses a line. I don’t think the two teachers involved in Monday’s melee belong in classrooms with kids. I would not want my children in their classes. I doubt any other parents would, either.
Unfortunately, the fight between two women over a male teacher who they were both seeing occurred in Clayton County, which doesn’t need any more negative press. (The county’s tarnished reputation is not being helped by school board member Trinia Garrett who is about to go on trial for assaulting her live-in boyfriend.)
I understand that one teacher appears to be the greater aggressor here, but the alleged conduct of both in full view of students is appalling. If the police report is accurate, the incident reflects a stunning lack of professionalism . In fact, the drama sounds like a Jerry Springer script.
According to the AJC story,
The fight broke out Monday morning after the women learned they both were involved with the same male teacher, who also teaches at the school.
Cobb, who told police she is expecting a child with the man, said she found a letter from Smith on the man’s Facebook page.
“I am in love with you. I am tired of being your every blue moon [expletive],” the letter read.
Cobb responded on Facebook with a “tumultuous” message, police said.
On Monday morning, the fight moved from Facebook to the school halls. That’s where Smith approached Cobb and told her to “never do that again,” the report states.
Cobb summoned an assistant principal, but the fight didn’t stop.
Instead, it spilled into a classroom where Smith began to swing at Cobb, the report states.
Several other teachers broke up the fight and Cobb stormed down the hallway while threatening to post the letter on the blackboard.
The assistant principal told police she pulled Cobb into another classroom, with the children present, to calm her down. But Cobb continued to curse in front of the students. That’s when Smith ran into the room again and “attempted to attack” Cobb, the report states.
Police interviewed several students, who said they heard Smith yell “[Expletive], you don’t want none of this” and “get the [expletive] off me” while teachers were holding her down.
After talking to students and teachers, police charged Smith with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Cobb was charged with disorderly conduct.