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Students slam teachers to push them out of classroom

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Slamming teachers was once something students did amongst themselves, but the trend has now carried over to the social media arena and students are taking full advantage, putting some educators' jobs on the line.

The video that sparked the controversy showed two young students claiming they had done outrageous acts in order to get their first-grade teacher fired. According to the person that posted the video, it was a fake inspired by a real life situation where a teacher was actually fired.

Teachers have now become the target of disgruntled students. Students are surfing the web, looking for the most surefire way to get their teacher removed the classroom.

Annie Miller has been teaching since 1983, now retired, she said teachers are facing a different battle.

"You can never tell if this is a legitimate case or if this is a student who has a vendetta against a teacher for no reason," she said.

KSLA News 12's Charisse Gibson did some research and found several online questions from alleged students pushing to have their teachers removed from the classroom. One question said:

"I am in 8th grade and my home base teacher is terrible. She doesn't teach a class, she just assigns work. I'm wondering, is there any way to show the Headmasters that she shouldn't be working there anymore?"

But even more shocking are some of the responses. One person wrote:

"If you hate your teacher and want him or her fired it's not as hard as people make it seem. You just have to be able to make a higher authority believe that your teacher got physical with you. They'll be out of there, it worked for me"

Jackie Lansdale, President of Red River United, said teachers have now been vilified and are not held to the same level of respect they once were.

"We live in a world that we can be accused of things, that's why we have a due process system, that's why we're a nation of laws," she said.

"We have the laws and the rules and the policies on the books that will have these things investigated regardless of whether you passed a vote or you picked up the telephone and called somebody or you did put it on social media."

Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen says rules are put in place to protect teachers in the classroom.

"A student can make up accusations, a student can create false representations with a video, but if the evidence is not there it is the student that will be subjected to the punitive nature, not the teacher," he said.

The problem has become so prevalent, the Louisiana legislature has stepped in. After the arrest of a Baker, Louisiana teacher, a proposed bill would make it harder for police to haul a teacher off to jail based solely on a students claims.

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