Teachers say they might tape-record students

Teachers in El Paso County, Texas, say they might begin tape-recording students in their classrooms as a means of self-protection, reports the El Paso Times. The idea arose after an El Dorado High School teenager secretly recorded an algebra teacher who went on a profanity-laced rant in the classroom. The exasperated teacher, who was recorded on a cell phone in late February, told students that they were "constantly whining." Of school, the El Dorado teacher said, "If you don’t like it, get the (expletive) out." The teacher resigned last week before a disciplinary proceeding could begin against him. Now a pair of teacher unions, in the Socorro and Ysleta districts, will seek tougher rules that forbid the use of cell phones in the classroom. They point to the El Dorado case as the reason. In addition, some teachers advocate the use of recording devices of their own to show what they face in dealing with unruly students…

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