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I was in the classrooms in kindergarten, and you're talking about the reading comprehension
and the behavioral issues of some ofthose students. The school was not prepared
for those and you know they wouldbe acting out, hitting in the classroom,
but then they'd be masturbating in theclassroom and we'd have to shield the
other students. Sure, these students, they were the new word for it's

not illegals, but you know theywere English as a second language. Yes,
So, I mean the kids justwanted to be home, comforted by
their parents. They didn't want tobe in the classroom they'd act out.
So are you saying, are yousaying to me that some of this chronic
absenteeism that we keep seeing reported onin the news that even I'm pad a

lot of it is tytooed kids aren'tliking school, man, they're young and
scared then and their kids pleasuring themselves. Kids they can't speak with understand kids
who were volatile. And by theway, just so you know, fifteen,
sixteen, seventeen years ago, whenmy kids were that age, that's
something I ran into in New Havenschool with my son. He not that

he was he had a child inthere who couldn't speak any English. He
was volatile, he'd spit on theteacher, he'd pleasure himself, and it
was to be kept quiet. Theytried to keep it from Vinnie Penn because
I had a microphone in front ofme, so they wanted to really keep
it from me. They shuffled myson out of that class, but the

teacher still came to be crying oneday and said and said, I don't
know you know what to do.I don't even think she's with the school
anymore. She goes. My instructionwas to put him in the back of
the classroom and that when he attacksme, to go and get the male
teacher down the hall. She's like, so he's not only disrupting my class,

I've got to then go and disruptanother class to get that male teacher.
And it doesn't matter what resources theythrow at him, whether it's physical
therapy, whether it's speech, iscounseling, it's ees l none of it
helps. They need to be withtheir parents and family to heal at home.
Take a few years before they're readyto, you know, integrate into

the classroom. So the administrators hideit. Do you do you mind my
asking and you could say, nope, googg no, no, but you're
you're a teacher. I sumary inan administrative part of part of the staff
supporting the teacher, the poor cryingteacher. Yeah, yeah, I see
you a lot of that too,and we write it all up. And

you know a lot of times thestudent would sit in the principal's office because
you know, I couldn't go home, parent wasn't there, couldn't be in
the classroom, exposed it. Andthe parents of the students other students had
no idea what their children are beingexposed to. So I just think they're
gonna be sent to school every dayto learn, you know, how to

read. Yeah. So when myson was going through the little what was
in the in the mid of thissituation, uh, And this is back
ten twenty eleven, their bouts,there was somebody whose job it was at
the school. Tell me if thisstool goes on, whose job it is

to take the kids who were hereillegally, the kids who don't speak English,
and the problematic kids and find betterplaces for them and to have the
like that was his job, andto have the difficult conversations with parents that
maybe their kid would be better servedelsewhere. I happened to have gone to

high school with ours. I don'tknow if that position is at the school
that you're at or not. Andhe told me, I think they're called
parent facilitators at the Fairfield County schoolthat I was at. Such fine away
is being eliminated from the budget nowbeing those duties are being spread out across
administrators. So and that's a keygame. That was a one stop shop
for any issues, whether it wasfood, they needed counseling, anything like

that. Yeah, so he getsto be taken out of the classroom.
He took me aside one day becauseI was going on the air about it,
and he said, look, here'sthe deal. This kid lives forty
five minutes away from the school.He's in a school where there's no one
he can even communicate with. We'retrying to convey to the family that there's
a school closer to where they live, where there's more kids, you know,

Spanish speaking kids who he'll be ableto communicate with. And I go,
oh great, and they're like weworked the whole thing out, Like
he's closer to home, he's goingto be with schools kids he goes to
school with who are in his neighborhood, and they were just stubbornly no here.
It was almost like they couldn't reallyprocess. You want to know why,

because they're still adjusting to the factthat they're calling the United States home.
So they're just like, no here, and he didn't know what.
Well. Further aggravates the situation isthat oftentimes in the summer the kids go
back to the Native the regret reallythey lose the English skills that they have,
and the teachers complain about that.They're in a big hurry to spend

the kids back to Nana and whoeverboil, you know, and and so
by the time they come back inSeptember, they're back to square one.
But let me ask you that youseem like you might know. So you
come here illegally, you somehow getenrolled in a school. I don't even
know how the shots my kids haveto get, the tests, the physicals.

It doesn't seem like any of thesekids have to do. I know
one child who literally got to Americaon Friday. He was in school on
Monday. There's no way. Hehad a doctor's appointment over that weekend and
got all the tests done he wouldneed to get done. But you're here
illegally, you leave for the summer, How you go back home to Guatemala
or Honduras for the summer and thenback to How do you go back and

forth like that? Yeah, itwould seem to me extremely unaffordable. I
mean, I know one student thatI was told they swam the Rio grand
Now, this student was drawing explicitsexual images, you know, in the
classroom kindergarten. And you know,the child had to have been molested,

you know, I mean, so, yeah, the classroom was a safe
place for him, but it wasn'tsafe for the other students. And god
knows what's happening when they go backand forth to you know, the native
country. That happening again on thejourney. I see what you're saying.
Yeah, okay, I see whatyou're saying. They might be bringing trauma
right here with them and then gatheringup more in their travels. Are you

still with us? Are you stillemployed there? Or are you like many
others like I'm out of there.I don't want to do this. No,
But I mean, you know,we we're just very familiar with the
international scene. So and also wewere cultural exchange parents for international students.
So you know, all this kindof fits within our realm and you know,

on our radar. It came asno surprise. It just stab that
it. It is the truth.It is you know, deny it,
but it's reality. And you knowthis was very recently too, by the
way, this wasn't you know twothousand and nine. Best practices don't matter,
no matter there they are best practicesin service trainings, breaking their next

to you know, keep on topof all this to comply. And then
here is the complete opposite travesty goingon in the classrooms. How can they
comply? That's well said. Iappreciate you taking the time to call in
and your work, and yeah,I don't blame you for leaving the gig.
Teachers are leaving the gigs. Thecops are leaving the gigs. You

know. The fact of the matteris the exodus is here. The happy
worlds aren't near. We can't gettogether before we get much older.
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