I have watched the Jayru video a couple times and as a teacher, I would almost put money on it that our kids would react the same one to one of their classmates slamming the security on our staff.
It's an uneasy feeling when thinking about the lack of compassion people have for others.
Now, I totally understand that before cell phones with video cameras, people would yell "fight, fight, fight!!!" to cheer on the fight. However, I think what is going on today goes beyond cheering on violence.
If a fight breaks out in the hallways at the high school where I teach, you must first break through the wall of students trying to get close to the fight all with their arms extended and pushing the play button. The screams of "worldstar" drown out surrounding noises and everybody gets bummed out when the fight is over. But it doesn't end there. Moments later you can log on to YouTube or WorldStar Hip Hop and find the fight posted online for everyone to see and be entertained by.
Example... I teach with my door closed to avoid hallway distractions. During class one day a fight breaks out in the hallway. We could hear the commotion outside the room. Before I could check to see what was happening, 8 of my students had already ran out the door reaching in their pockets for their cell phones quickly trying to get their cameras ready to capture the moment. They're running not to protect someone from violence or stop a violent situation, but to be entertained by a violent action. It's all very disturbing for me. Maybe it's also because I teach History, Sociology, and Cultural Psychology that I think the way I do about this and I am always over analyzing situations like this, but still, again, pretty disturbing.
Hopefully Jayru's actions make other kids aware of the punishments one may face if such actions are taken. However, you know that there are others walking around the school also thinking that Jayru has become somewhat of an iconic figure because of this.
Oh and lastly, I know, "shouldn't this dude be teaching right now and not on Eleven Warriors?" It's my plan period and this website, even though the district may disagree, is considered by me to be very much educational during this time. LOL