And if inappropriate teacher – student contact is not enough for a parent to worry about:
In Texas a middle school principal threatened to kill his teachers (Broken link, active March 28, 2008), if test scores did not improve. Kill! He ended this ominous speech by saying, “You don’t know how ruthless I can be.” A teacher, who was included among the threatened group, notified the school board, who did nothing. The teacher has been reassigned as a form of punishment. So in this principal, we have all the actions of a tyrant, on a much smaller scale: threats, retaliation, revenge, ruthlessness, and no respect for others or the rule of law, but only that which will promote personal power and prestige. I guess it doesn’t take much power to corrupt some. Unfortunately, it is not only the teachers who are hurt by arrogant, abusive, and power- mad bureaucrats: the 90% of children who attend public schools get the ultimate short end of the stick.