During their regular board meeting April 8, Northwest ISD trustees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting district educators who may be subject to personal attacks, name calling, defamation, harassment or threats.

The backstory

Executive Director of Communications Anthony Tosie said that the resolution comes in response to a specific teacher receiving harassment.

“It also sends a message from the board that they support our teachers and believe all educators are deserving of respect,” Tosie said.

Tosie added that as with school districts across the nation, Northwest ISD has seen a rise in behavioral issues following the pandemic, including the way people treat teachers.

Quote of note

“Both the board and our district leadership believe everyone who enters our schools deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” Tosie said. “Our teachers make a positive impact on the lives of students every day, and they're certainly deserving of support and appreciation.”

A closer look

Before the board voted on the agenda item, President Steve Sprowls commented on the circumstances that led the board to address teacher harassment.

“The fact that we have to do this, that there’s certain elements in our society that make us have to do this, it’s pathetic,” Sprowls said. “We have to bring respect back to the profession.”