Parents Speak Out in Support of Belfry Middle School Teacher

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

BELFRY, Ky (WSAZ) -- A group of parents is speaking out in support of a Belfry Middle School teacher accused of verbally abusing her students.

"I can't say enough good about her," Kim Weddington said. "She demands you do your work, which as a parent is what I like."

Kim Weddington is a parent taking a stand. She feels Alice Smith, a teacher at Belfry Middle School, is getting a bad reputation after a student recorded her reprimanding her calls for bad grades.

All of this came to light after a video was posted on Facebook, taken from Smith's classroom.

In the video, Smith can be heard saying, "People got big old F's in my room. They're lucky if they have a 3 percent. Three percent don't do diddly squat."

Weddington believes in her gut, the entire situation has been blown out of proportion. "You have to get their [the students]attention," Weddington said. "She cares about these kids. There's no doubt in my mind that she cares about them. If she didn't, she wouldn't care if they failed or not."

Several parents met up Tuesday outside the school, speaking out about a teacher they say always puts her students first.

"Ms. Smith is one of the best teachers at this school," Mark Cook, whose son attends Belfry Middle, said. "All she ever wants of any of the kids is for them to do their best, and I assume the best was not coming out for her to be upset with the work that was not being done."

Smith can be heard on the video saying, "You don't do anything. You're wasting space. You're just taking up space. You're breathing air somebody else could benefit from."

"I can understand those comments," Cook said. "If the kid is in her class and they're not doing anything, they are wasting space. If they have a 3% on a grade, they need to put forth more effort."

Both parents say teachers are in a tough position, having to deal with students armed with cell phones and social media.

"I feel sorry for the teachers nowadays with all the technology out there," Cook said. "A person has to watch every little word they say. People are just looking to take it out of context."

To hear the audio clip from the classroom, click on the link.

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