Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Here survival is the key word Wtdntidoir, Jonuorv 17, 1973 _ THE IETHBRIDCE HERALB 41 For students and teachers at Junior High 35. violence is everyday fact of school life. By TOM TIEDE NEW YORK I.VEA) Ju- rjor High 35 in the Bedford- Siiiyvesant section of Brooklyn is nol the tilde red schoolhmiEe. It is a combuslion chamber o' ctrjbie-lorL-ed dc-ors, caged win- dows, policemen on duty, siu- dcnLs ivho conceal straight raz- ors in iheir pencj) pockets and ipachers who are employed in fear. So it is that Jelfrev Zahler, a 23-year-old maLhematics in- structor, walks into a haihvay argument here and finds him- self very much a part of the quarrel. Two 14-year-old girls are bras-ling. A crowd gathers for the spectacle. When teacher ZaWer moves io break it up, somebody yells "Let'em fight.'1 somebody else starts to push and shove, and ZabJer winds up with a SVs-inch stab wound in the leg. The incident elsewhere in places irfiere schools are named after presidents and students use knives ooly ui biology dis- sections would be cause for outrage and investigation. But here in the urban centre, the ghetto varsity, violence has be- come so routine that another stabbing, or rape, or whatever, passes without a note. Says Jeff Zahler, bitterly: all part rf the. uh: job.'' Uh. indeed it is. In New York City schools during one rear, 1971. there were nearly 600 re- cases of criminal ViO- lerjce. 197 arrests. Zahler says there are "two or inci- dents every day at Jr. High 33 alone. Cits-wide, women teach- ers are molested, classrooms robbed al gunpoint and both teachers and students up bleeding in hospital wards. Neiv York schools, moreover. ?re not unique in ih'5 The growth of student gangs in Lo5 caused teachers to carry 'illegally) pislcis. Teach- ers in some sections of Chicago report that they have formed car pools because "we're afraid la come and go alone." In Newark. N.J.. a first-year ad- ministrator says: used ro have all the idealism in the worid. But three months in this job and I'm an animal like ev- erybody else. I don't mind sav- ing that I try to stay away from students as much as pos- sible. Survival is the word." Survival? Among teen-age kids? Toe word may be an ex- aggeration, but the behind it is not. "Many core- city teachers today are siraid to go to says a spokes- man for New York's United Federation of Teachers. "Now icayb; they don't get murder- ed but they get beat up. they get robbed, they-are threaten- ed. These are educators, not not soldiers. I tell you it's hell in sdiotfs today." ji-. High 35. for example. Located square in the slum, it has been described as a "func- tioning disaster area.1' Actual- ly, it's not all that bad. In fact it's one of the better, even safer, and well, smarter scboo'5 in the Bediord-Srurresant dis- trict. "Kids here aren't so much on dope says teacher Zahler. Also, they dcu'l carry1 around to the exteni students do ui other schools. Finally, Siys Zahler: "About 24 per cent o: our 1.300 ?ludenL5 are on or above tlie normal reading lev- el for their grade. That's pret'y gocd in u'lis area. We may a dozen kids functionaDy illiter- ate but again, tliai's not bad lor the neighborhood." Yet being the best of a low lot is no cause for liehihesrted- ness at Jr. High 35. The differ- ence in the degree of criminal potential is slight. Guards at rhe school entrance sign everv- body in and out, a huge city policeman patrols the haJIs, teachers often lock their doors during class ptill there is danger: The track reach, as illustratjon. has asked Demis- sion to run his boys in the third floor hallways because it's not sele to let them condition them- selves outdoors. A teacher is thrown down a flight of stairs. A woman in a rabbit ccat is approached by kids wanting to "feel your fur. Shakedowns. EitorrJons. 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