A Missouri teacher said she was quitting her profession after she was brutally beaten by a student and a video of the attack was posted to social media.
“I’m afraid to go back in there. I can’t trust the children. I can’t trust the system,” said 65-year-old Sheryl Rogers in an interview with KMOV-TV.
Rogers had previously come out of retirement to return to teaching in St. Louis, but she says she no longer feels safe.
In January, Rogers was beaten by a student who was upset that her belongs had been taken away at Normandy Collaborative High School. She was beaten and pulled by the hair in the hallway while kids looked on.
“I could see the legs and feet of children around me but nobody helped me,” she said.
Rogers said that the district offered no help to her and wanted her return to work the next day despite her injuries.
“I still have bruises on both of my legs, I still have throbbing in the back of my head and sometimes I just cry uncontrollably,” she added.
Rogers has a GoFundMe set up on her behalf to help her pay for her medical expenses:
For over 20 years, Ms. Sheryl has been more than just a teacher; she has been a mentor a guide, and a beacon of hope in our community. In 2020 she was a recipient of The St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence In Education Award. Her dedication to her students and her unwavering commitment to education have touched countless lives.
The account said that the former teacher was left with physical as well as emotional scars.
“I just stopped crying every day a couple of days ago,” she said. “That student was hurting and it wasn’t even about me, it was something else and I just happened to be a target.”
She says that there are many teachers who are quitting because of student violence.
“Teachers are leaving the profession by the thousands so that should tell you something,” Rogers concluded.
KMOV reported that any punishment of the student was unknown because of student privacy.
Here’s the report of the school attack:
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