Texas high school student Jeff Bliss was gathering his things to leave class, presumably because his teacher was sending him out of the room. But he wasn’t going to go out without continuing to voice his opinion about how he thinks the class should be taught.
A video of the Duncanville High School student has gone viral since being posted on YouTube, showing Bliss leaving the room and giving the teacher a piece of his mind as to her teaching style.
The video starts with Bliss mid-sentence saying “…frickin’ go off on kids because they don’t frickin’ get this crap?” His world history class teacher can be heard saying “bye” in a disinterested voice.
“If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a frickin’ packet, yo. There’s kids in here who don’t learn like that,” the long-haired teen wearing bright red sneakers said. “They need to learn face-to-face. You’re just getting mad because I’m pointing out the obvious.”
To which the teacher responded that this isn’t the case but that Bliss was “wasting” her time.
“You want kids to come into your class, you want them to get excited for this? You gotta come in here, you gotta make ’em excited,” he continued.
“You gotta take this job serious. This is the future of this nation and when you come in here like you did last time and you make a statement about ‘oh this is my paycheck.’ Indeed it is, but this is my country’s future and my education.”
The teacher continued to ask Bliss to exit the room, but he hammered his point home saying, “there’s a limit when I’m not b****ing but simply making an observation.”
Bliss briefly says he was ready to leave but slips in a few more words about how he’d be happy to be invited back to teach her more about how to run a class because “since I’ve got here, I’ve done nothing but read packets, so don’t try and take credibility for teaching me jack.”
Watch the clip (Content warning: some strong language):
According to the NBC affiliate out of Dallas-Fort Worth, Bliss won’t be facing any disciplinary action for his now viral statement. The affiliate notes that the original video was removed from YouTube but there are several others allowing the rant to continue to spread.
“As a district with a motto of engaging hearts and minds, we focus on building positive relationships with students and designing engaging work that is meaningful,” Duncanville Independent School District said in a statement, according to NBC. “We want our students and teachers to be engaged, but the method by which the student expressed his concern could have been handled in a more appropriate way.”
The district expressed it is open to hearing students’ positions regarding their education.
Here’s a report from WFAA including an interview with Bliss after the rant:
Bliss said he believes someone needed to say what he did. In the report we learn that Bliss dropped out of school for a year, which is when he “realized …without that education I’m not going to make any step forward into my future,” which is why he went back.
(H/T: Daily Mail)