School: Teacher Helps Students Cheat Because She Says They’re ‘Dumb As Hell’

CBS Atlanta, August 28, 2012

A former fifth-grade teacher implicated in a cheating scandal reportedly gave students the illegal assistance because she thought they were “dumb as hell.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, math teacher Shayla Smith was accused of offering students the answers to a test they were taking at the time. She had reportedly been responsible for supervising them while the tests were being completed.

Schajuan Jones, who taught a fourth-grade class across the hall from Smith’s former room, overheard her talking to another teacher about the test.

“The words were, ‘I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they’re dumb as hell,’” Jones was quoted as saying about the interaction between Smith and the unidentified third teacher.


The tribunal deliberated for just one hour before handing down a guilty verdict. Smith had been charged with willful neglect and immorality, and she subsequently lost her job.

Smith’s case was part of a larger investigation that implicated approximately 180 public school teachers in the city, sparked by investigations performed by the newspaper.


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  • Don’t take this as justifying cheating.

    But when the educational system, in today’s NCLB / Waiting for Superman paradigm, blames teachers for everything, and ties their job status and pay to the performance of their students, and a given teacher as a room full of “dumb as hell” black 10- and 11-year olds, the temptation to feed them the right answers is very high.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       “QD wrote – and ties their job status and pay to the performance of their students,
      and a given teacher is stuck with a room full of “dumb as hell” black
      10- and 11-year olds, the temptation to feed them the right answers is
      very high. ”

      When I was in school there was a similar thing, but it was at the opposite end of the spectrum. We had a jewish teacher that wanted all the best students in her class because she claimed she was the best teacher, and her proof was the grades her students got on their state exams. I was put into a slower class the first few weeks of school. I was in class with Mexicans. The teacher was white and she was very good, but the Mexicans deliberately made it difficult for her and other students that wanted to learn. They moved me to the jews class after a few weeks, and she was a terrible teacher.

  • crystal evans

    I am not surprized. Today’s teachers are responsible to make sure that their students do well on standardized tests given by the state to determine student’s proficiency in English and math. She knew that her students would not do well so she felt that she had to give them the answers to the questions on the test.

  • Reminds me of that movie “Conrack.” The old black lady who is the teacher on the island before the “teach for America” do-gooder white guy shows up tells him something along the lines of “black children aint very smart. What they need is discipline and a firm hand. You aint doin them any favors trying to teach them all this white stuff.”

    That isn’t an exact quote, but it is the general gist of it. Watch the movie and you can’t miss it. It’s hard to believe that such sentiments were taken for granted not 3 or 4 decades ago, and not just by white people but by blacks who taught black children. Folk wisdom may not always be 100% correct but it usually isn’t 100% wrong either.

  • MekongDelta69

    Schajuan Jones”

    RACIST – You’re fired.

    End of story…

  • WmarkW

    Black women are smarter than black men.
    You see it a lot among those employed in helping professions.

    Someone sympathetic but not directly affiliated with AmRen should start a “Don’t Breed HIS Kids” campaign to at least stop the spread of alpha-male omega-brain genes.

    • CoweringCoward

       One problem, the female is just as likely to birth a male of  that species.

  • IstvanIN

    Black woman loses job for stating truth.  Gee, I only thought white people got fired for stating facts?

  • ncpride

    It aggravates me to no end when they do that. I saw a ‘special’ a news station was going to do on America’s failing schools and dismal testing scores of the students. Of course they showed a photo of an all White classroom in the background. Now, I know White kids are not perfect and not all are brilliant, but I also know THEY are not the problem for these failing schools.

    Firing this teacher and refusing to admit they have a serious problem in that district is not doing anyone any good.

    • crystal evans

      Because of teacher tenure, it is easier to recall a politician than to get rid of an incompetent teacher.

  • Ulick

    Shayla and Schajuan sure sound like they have first hand experience on this matter, so who am I to argue with their correct conclusion that their students are dumb as hell?

  • Strider73

    Note the hilarious sarcastic comments our friend “Church of Jed” has left at this site. Also note the “file photo” of a white teacher in a white classroom. Nice bit of attempted misdirection from the MSM (which many commenters caught!).

  • Church_of_Jed

    Her kindness costs her a job,

    but not for long, because after just a little bit of online “remedial professional development”, she will requalify for her protected and preferential status as a desirable potential Diversity Opportunity Hire at a “too White” public or private school in Sandy Springs, but not the Epstein School, because their high standards forbids toleration of non J-words getting near their kids.

    What happens to us when we don’t tolerate non W-words getting near our kids? Oh, right, high standards for us are deemed as an oppressive and racist construct designed to perpetuate White privilege while hurting vulnerable and at risk urban youth, teens, and their beloved communities.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    This is the stock photo that accompanys most crime stores in the ultra-pc SF Bay Area..

    • mlowejazz

      The home security commercials always cracks me up. I’m just holding my breath, anxiously waiting for a hooded black youth to be the perpetrator.

      • LaSantaHermandad

        How long can you hold your breath? You must have had Navy SEAL training! LOL!  

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Priceless! And so true! 

  • Chimp Master Rules

    This teacher is a racial realist. She gets it.

    In the old days (I mean 30s and 40s) a teacher with negroes in her class would calmly explain to them that they were not going to college, weren’t going to be doctors, lawyers or rocket scientists and would encourage them to find jobs as porters and janitors.

    The blacks would . . . and they would raise families off their meager salaries, support their churches and made sure their kids did better than they did.

    That all changed when the liberals made the negro  our “equal.”    

    Today, the negro family has all but disappeared.  The negro is likely to die or get pregnant (or both) before he’s twenty . . . one out of three will go to prison . . . about 40% will drop out of highschool . . . about 70% of the mothers will be single and unmarried  . . . and on and on.

    And yet we whites who want separation and who want the negro out of our society so they can form their own negro society . . . we’re the racists?  LOL

  • WmarkW

    “Dumb as Hell” ?????????????????

    She obviously needs a remedial  professional development course, like the one described by Mary Morrison in L.A.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Terrible.  I prefer “mildy retarded” or “too high of an African component in their admixture.”

      •  It’s the melanin. The brain cell dies when in contact with melanin.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    She needs to be the Education Secretary in Obama’s second term.

    • The__Bobster

      Bush already had one like her in the postion.

      In the 1990′s, Houston Superintendent of Schools, Rod Paige, made principals and administrators accountable for the drop-out rate and for test scores. When those two criteria did not improve at a particular school, Paige fired the school administrator. Scores suddenly shot up at schools all over the district. Some schools made incredible progress with both the drop-out rate and student achievement scores. When George Bush campaigned for President in 2000, he thought he had found “the magic bullet” to reform America’s public schools and touted “the Texas miracle” during his campaign. But, as we shall see, the improvement turned out to be based on lies and fabrication. Houston had not improved its scores or its drop-out rate.

  • JohnEngelman

    No Child Left Behind resembles the fiction that college athletes are in college to get a good education. Like that fiction it pressures teachers to lie about the progress their students are making. 

  • Webspin

    She’s must have heard about this guy John Allen who received $245,000 after he sued for wrongful dismissal after he DID in fact require his teachers to fudge the test results but claimed he was punished twice for the same crime.

    Only in America.

  • CoweringCoward

    Wow, the comments from here and the original article are becoming identical, worse in cases there.

  • I’m glad someone finally admitted the truth…

    Dobbs Elementary School spends $13,150 per pupil compared to a state average of $9,089.

    The liberal argument that lack of funding is to blame goes out the window.

  • robinbishop34

     Exactly. Before I even read these comments I viewed the original article and commented the very same thing.

  • hillcp

    From Black Confederate:

    Did anyone note the “Christian” names of these teachers.  Talk about the kids, I bet the teachers couldn’t answer the questions on the test!

  • IKantunderstand

    So, moderator, you removed my entire comment because I said bullsh*t? And if this goes thru immediately, then I understand what kind of censorship is involved here. Seriously?  I’m sorry, I didn’t see any “standards of posting”. Perhaps I missed them. Please instruct me as to acceptable terms.

  • IKantunderstand

    Really? Really? An asterisk makes all the difference? Wow. No wonder the 1st amendment is always under assault.One asterisk means the differnce between getting posted on this website, or not. I think everybody here realizes what word I meant,  see the previous post. In my original post, I spelled the entire word. It was flagged. In my last post, I substituted the “i” with an asterisk. Seriously? Were any of you fooled? Less offended? Give me a break.

    • ncpride

      Eh, I’ve had a post removed tonight as well but that rarely happens. I can only assume it’s because I referred to Rachel Maddow as a dude. Or, it’s because I praised Mr. Taylor which I saw a moderator explain we are not supposed to do excessively…?

  • TomIron361

    Here’s another small point. If the kids don’t pass on to the next higher grade, at some point they become a destructive force in the grade they’re made to repeat. So basically, the teacher is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

  •  Do a google with the following “latrina lawyer experience”. Hilarious !

  •  A pointer La-a is pronounce Ladasha because the”dash be not silent”

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Don’t you just love that expression a “Robbery gone wrong”? As if a robbery was ever right or the victim brought it upon themselves.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Then there’s a  “Car Jacking Gone wrong” and that means that the victim(s) end(s) up beaten, raped & sodomized in every possible bodily orifice,  tortured, mutilated, shot and burned, dumped next to RR tracks or left to die slowly in a trash can while the perpetrators have take out breakfast the next morning.
      How long ago was that, five years now? I still can’t shake that off; along with so many other incidents.
      Like mlowejazz, I’m still holding my breath wondering when the God of the OT is going to reveal himself and smite the evil ones as he so often did 5,ooo years ago.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Ha, how funny…This teacher is cool, at least she stated the obvious instead of the usual self-denial.  She can get her job back if she wants…she should be given a raise.  The administration covertly insists teachers give students the answers or change the answers themselves: *You teachers better get those test scores up or else…*  In the end, it really doesn’t matter how they *score*, does it?

  • Up to my neck in CA

    At first, Francelle White didn’t believe her daughter when the 5-year-old complained that her teacher was being “mean,” yelling at her and stealing her Twinkies. Then one day, according to White, the little girl came home from Bret Harte Elementary in Bayview-Hunter’s Point with tear-stained cheeks and a lump on her forehead. She said her teacher had slammed her head into a table. “She spent the whole day crying,” White says. “I wasn’t notified at all.”
    San Francisco Unified School District settled with White last year, paying out more than $30,000 for the 2009 incident, including attorney fees and medical bills. The teacher, Deborah Fergin-Mavaega, 51, avoided criminal prosecution by completing a “pretrial diversion program” for first-time offenders

  • LaSantaHermandad

    “And what kind of name is “Schajuan”?Perhaps the kid was named after a Province in China i.e. Szechuan.  Anything that sound exotic to them gets tacked on. My sister once worked with a girl whose baby’s name was ” QueenEster”. When my sister inquired as to the origin of the name, the answer was “Mah Awnt make it up”. Wisely my sister made no inquiry as to the identity of the “father”.

  • bluffcreek1967

    I don’t think the teacher really did Whites or race realists any favors by giving her students a passing grade. She should have given them the grades they actually earned whether good or bad. Let Blacks or Hispanics stand or fall on their own merit. Let the world truly see how they measure up as students compared to Whites and Asians. Although some, not matter what is shown to them, will never admit to significant IQ differences between the various races. Yet, others will finally see it for themselves and perhaps wake up from their multi-cultural slumber.