This Article, "Bully at the Blackboard" from The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, has some pretty stunning (in a bad way) stuff in it, including:
a teacher who teases a student for being messy, saying
“Your area looks like a pig sty. Piggy, piggy! Oink, oink!”
goading the other children to taunt him
with “oinks” and other pig sounds. Alone in the center, the boy was sobbing.
It also mentions a
2005 study in which 45 percent of sampled teachers said they had bullied a student at some point in their careers.
It's worth reading and considering the power teachers have... and how we need to make sure the teachers are not the bullies!
It makes you think about YOUR school experience in a whole new light, doesn't it?
ps - my thanks to Jasmine for letting me know about this article.