Student Records Cell Phone Video of Teacher Yelling at Class

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email
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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A teacher at Belfry Middle School is under fire from parents after a student recorded a cell phone video during her class.

In the video, you can hear middle school teacher Alice Smith yelling at the students in her study skills class over their poor performance on a workbook assignment.

Click the Web Extra above to listen to the entire audio clip.

The video has been shared nearly 6,000 times on social media.

Belfry Principal Matt Mercer tells that he believes the video was taken out of context. However, he has asked Smith to apologize to the students involved, and their parents.

Adriana Hackney says it was her 11-year-old son's cell the recorded the teacher and that she was the one who posted it on Facebook.

“I was frustrated and I was angry and I put it on Facebook because no child, period, anywhere should be called a waste of space or a waste of oxygen,” said Hackney.

She says it's bullying, even titled the video as "Abuse in the Pike County School District." Hackney says all she wanted was to draw attention to the matter

“I would like to see a safe environment for our kids. No child should fear its teacher. No child should go to school in fear or cry and beg not to go to school,” said Hackney.

Principal Mercer says the school will use the incident as a learning opportunity, providing teachers need to be very careful when trying to motivate students.

We also learned that Monday Smith met with the superintendent of Pike County Schools, who will ultimately decide if further action is needed.

WSAZ tried contacting Ms. Smith, but our call was not returned.

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