Michael Milczanowki is struck in the face repeatedly while geometry teacher Lindale Muse looks on
Most students will tell you that geometry class sucks but that usually is based on the difficulty of the work, not by the potential of being assaulted while the teacher stands by idly.
That's the case inside the classroom of Lindale Muse at Seagoville High School in Texas. Just days after a video hit the air showing the teacher not intervening when 17 year old Michael Milczanowksi is punched repeatedly by a fellow student, another video emerges showing another fight in the same teacher's classroom and him giving it the same response....NONE!
"This is definitely neglectful," DISD trustee Nancy Bingham tells WFAA. "As a teacher, you have responsibility to have order in the classroom. It did not appear he had it."
"This kid was actually trying to hurt me, and I could see it in his eyes," Milczanowksi said, who is seen just standing there on the video.
"I expected him to physically intervene to keep that from happening, but I guess I was wrong," Milczanowksi said.
Muse is now on extended indefinite leave, as the school district investigates.
When reached by phone Tuesday, Muse, 54, denied allowing fights in his classroom, but added he's not allowed to break up fights.
"That's my school policy — DISD policy," he said. "Teachers are not responsible for breaking up fights."
DISD does not have a clear policy on whether teachers should step in between fights. Teachers are told to first send someone for help.
"Each situation is going to be different," explained Paige Collins, director of the district's safe and drug-free zone program. "We're promoting that teachers not get in-between the punching of students. We really want to keep the staff safe, as well."