For months, students at Hibbing High School in Minneapolis complained about the belittling remarks made by a seventh-grade science teacher. Then one day a student decided to take action by recording the educator’s verbally abusive comments.
As WCCO reports, students claimed that they were brushed off when they allegedly reported Dan Gotz’ classroom behavior to administration. However, the school supposedly didn’t take notice until a young seventh-grader pulled out a phone and started recording the instructor’s insults.
Following the incident, the teacher was put on administrative leave last week.
Meg Kane, an attorney representing the families of the victims, said an unnamed student spent weeks “collecting evidence” against the science teacher. Now both parents and students are accusing Gotz of hurling demeaning remarks at kids.
Kane told the outlet:
“He routinely refers to students as idiots and dipsticks. This was pervasive, this was persistent.”
“This seventh-grade young man recognized how inappropriate this was, was so offended by it and even though he wasn’t the subject, he had the courage to record those things.”
After hours of recordings, on one occasion the student caught Gotz spewing out abusive comments. He told one boy his mother didn’t really love him.
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“She might tell you she loves you, but deep in her soul she does not for having a son like you. She is crying on the inside.”
Gotz also vilified a student by calling them a “dipstick” for failing to understand a simple instruction, and shamed another’s appearance, saying:
“You build them up in the little muscle cells that you have, but in (his) case, not a whole lot of it. Scrawny little toothpicks hanging out of his shirt.”
“I was just shocked,” said Kane.
According to the attorney, a student complained about Gotz months ago, but when the vice principal observed his class, he was given a great review.
Yet, parents are concerned about the student’s emotional health following the incident. Kane said:
“They barely know themselves, and to have that kind of message drip, drip, drip into their heads is really highly problematic in my opinion.”
She sent a letter to the Hibbing School District detailing the incident. The district has not commented on the inappropriate remarks.