A high school teacher in North Carolina collapsed at work April 7, the final chapter in a story about bullying and threats that went unnoticed.
Roseann Monteleone told local media that one of her students put some kind of poison into her soda during school hours. The suspect claims it was nothing but hand soap put in there as a prank. Monteleone insists that the burn marks in her throat came from something stronger.
According to Monteleone, she’d become the target of personal bullying for a while. She claims a student drew a picture of a gun on her chalk board, and at one point she found a note which contained a written threat.
Complaints to her supervisors went nowhere. The bullying persisted until she was found unconscious in a bathroom on campus.
Monteleone claims that violent students are not confronted by administrators over fear of a lawsuit from angry parents.
I am not at all surprised that this happened in North Carolina. Anyone who has had dealings with the state system there will tell you it is one corrupt and incompetent place.