Baker High teacher calling for more safety measures after getting a concussion at school
BAKER- A Baker High School teacher is pressing the system to make changes following an encounter with a student that ultimately left him on medical leave.
Austin Trusclair said he had taken his class outside for an activity when 17-year old Jacobe Rogers assaulted him. Rogers was arrested and charged with battery on a school teacher.
"He snuck me from behind and struck me five or six times in the head," Trusclair said.
His run-in with Rogers at the end of February was the culmination of documented problems he had with the student. He claims the school system did nothing.
Trusclair read word for word from a write up during another assault:
"Mr. Rogers got up out of his seat, took my hat off my head and threw it in the trash and said he didn't give a f*** about me or a f*** about anything I was saying," Trusclair said.
Trusclair believes the lack of action by the school system allowed Rogers to ultimately receive criminal charges.
"There's no protection," Trusclair said. "There's no resource officer on campus. As a result of that, I'm in fear that if another student attacks me, I would have to defend myself."
Last year, the Baker School System turned down a resource officer that would be stationed at school due to a lack of money. Despite the safety concerns brought up by Trusclair, Baker School Superintendent Herman Brister said he hasn't heard anything from other teachers.
"I haven't had a situation where a teacher has come to me or a school board member or anyone else that said they were not safe in the school," Brister said.
But tonight, Trusclair said he sent Brister emails asking to have a meeting to discuss the issues and never heard back. He's afraid to return to work after receiving threats and knowing no one from law enforcement is paid to be on campus by the school system to protect the teachers.
"I would like for them to have protection for the faculty and staff and a little bit more transparency with the administrators," Trusclair said.
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