BTF: McKinley Teacher Attacked by Student Transferred

Union says it will file a grievance

Tom Puckett
February 15, 2019 - 3:29 pm

McKinley High School. January 14, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Teachers Federation says the teacher who the union says was attacked by a student earlier this year has been transferred to da Vinci High School. The union is crying foul.

“That a teacher is viciously attacked and severely injured by a student, who has allegedly been involved in other serious disciplinary issues, is punished, is unfortunately symptomatic of the breakdown in school safety in our schools. This punishing of a victim will not stand. The Superintendent, School Board and all involved, has sent a message to all students. You can viciously attack a teacher and the teacher will be punished. Not here, not now, not ever”, stated BTF President, Philip Rumore.

The BTF will be filing a grievance and taking all other legal actions.“When the truth about what happened and what is happening at McKinley High School is known, those involved in this cover-up and despicable action will be held accountable”, adds Rumore.

While the union says the student attacked the teacher, parent leaders say the teacher provoked the student, who was described as "100 pounds soaking wet."

Nathanial Kuzma, the district's general counsel, said that the teacher will return to teaching at DaVinci High School on February 25 and that the rationale for the decision was the teacher's public statements regarding his safety and the safety of others.

"The teacher is being placed at DaVinci High School to ensure his safety and in the best interests of the McKinley School Community," he said in a statement.  "In public statements to the BTF and news media, the teacher stated that 'the current leadership at McKinley is creating a culture where teachers and students feel unsafe.'" 


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