LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An Arkansas student who gained notoriety in an online video blowing cigar smoke in his teacher’s face will now face harassment charges because of the incident, police said.
Police Monday arrested North Little Rock High School student Christopher Dunn, 18, on misdemeanor charge of harassment for the Dec. 14 incident that was recorded by a classmate and posted to YouTube. The 10-second video has nearly a half-million views, Arkansas Online reports.
“In a North Little Rock police report, the teacher said he told the 18-year-old student about 9:30 a.m. Monday that he would have to sit in the hallway to take his final exam – a request the student refused,” according to the news site’s initial report on Dec. 18.
The teacher warned Dunn he would call school authorities if he didn’t comply, and pressed the intercom button to contact the front office, despite Dunn’s alleged taunts to “Hit that button, I dare you,” the teacher told police.
When the teacher turned around to issue Dunn a citation, and when he turned around Dunn “lit a cigar and was taking a drag off of it” as other students were “going wild,” the teacher told police.
“(The student) then got up from his seat, walked up to (his teacher) and blew smoke in his face three times,” according to the police report cited by Arkansas Online.
The video posted to YouTube by user “J Doe” only shows Dunn blow smoke once. The teacher told police Dunn had been removed from his class on multiple other occasions this school year, THV 11 reports.
As Dunn was hauled away from class by a “campus supervisor” he vowed “I’ll be back,” according to CBS 11.
North Little Rock School District officials refused to discuss Dunn’s punishment with Arkansas Online.
“The student will be disciplined according to district policy,” Michael Stone, director of student services, wrote the news site in an email.
An EAGnews report in June shows the North Little Rock School District’s discipline policy is based on the principles of “white privilege,” as it’s one of numerous school districts that contracted with the Pacific Educational Group to provide teacher training.
PEG’s training teaches schools how to hold students to different standards based on race, and encourages teachers to own their “whiteness” through guilt for their “white privilege.”
Typically, black and minority students who repeatedly act up or defy school authorities are sentenced to “restorative justice” sessions rather than suspensions, and get to craft their own punishments.
In numerous school districts teachers report the approach results in lawless classrooms and students who attack their classmates or adults with impunity.
Essentially, it creates chaos.
After three years of white privilege training – for roughly $3 million – the St. Paul, Minnesota school district became a poster child for the program’s failures this summer.
“I had an altercation with a student where the student actually punched me,” St. Paul elementary teacher Aaron Benner, a black man, told The O’Reilly Factor this summer. “I restrained the student and brought the student in to the principal. I didn’t want the student to be incarcerated, however I wanted some consequences.
“That student was returned back to my class … within 10 minutes. That’s when I knew there must be a problem … that there must be some directive to keep these kids in school, in the classroom, no matter what.”
Benner said it’s PEG’s “white privilege” training that’s fueling the serious behavior problems in St. Paul, and other minority dominated districts like North Little Rock.
“We have mandated training and they’re basically letting people know that white privilege and white people’s biases are hampering black students from learning,” he said. “That’s PEG in a nutshell.”