Duncanville ISD Video

The Duncanville ISD responded to criticism last week after a cell phone video depicting a student lecturing a teacher on her methods went viral and gained international exposure.
The Suburban Newspaper contacted spokesperson Tammy Kuykendall to get a follow-up statement on the incident. Kuykendall relayed the following from Dr. Alfred Ray, Duncanville ISD Superintendent:
“The setting and tone depicted in the video could have been different and handled more appropriately. The video has, however, created important conversations about transforming education. As a district with a motto of Engaging Hearts and Minds we focus on building positive relationships with students and designing engaging work that is meaningful. That requires us to transform our classrooms.”
Kuykendall also provided an addendum to the story that has been mostly overlooked. Mainstream media seldom runs stories of more than a few seconds in length, so this part was not picked up everywhere.
“Ten minutes after the incident occurred, the teacher went to the office and met with the assistant principal and student about what happened in the classroom. At the end of the meeting the student returned to the same class with the teacher. It was quickly addressed and resolved, and as stated the student returned to that same class on the same day. The packet of information the student refers to in the video was a study guide designed to provide students with a study resource in preparation for the STAAR end of course exam. We also want to make sure that you are aware that it is standard operating procedure for a staff member associated with an event that is under review to be placed on paid leave. The teacher was placed on paid administrative leave not because of anything in the video, only to allow completion of an investigation.”
The student, Jeff Bliss, did not respond to our requests for an interview.