Duncanville student's teacher rant goes viral

Duncanville student's teacher rant goes viral

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DUNCANVILLE, Texas -

A Duncanville High School student who was kicked out of class lectured his teacher on his way out.

FOX4's Calvert Collins spoke with him after his rant, which was recorded by a fellow classmate.

His passionate speech has gone viral. It's gotten tens of thousands of hits and comments after it was posted online. The 90 second video message has caught the attention of newspapers and TV stations nationwide.

Jeff Bliss said he was standing up for his education but admits he could have handled it differently.

He hit a boiling point over a test in his World History class Tuesday morning.

"My question was, why we don't get the same amount of time to take the test as the rest of her classes," said Bliss.

He says his teacher replied with profanity telling him to stop his questioning and leave. That's when he erupted.

Dr. Alfred Ray wouldn't confirm if the teacher cursed at Bliss although he says she did.

Bliss says in the rant, "If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freaking packet, there's kids in here who don't learn like that."

He then left the classroom.

Dr. Alfred Ray, the superintendent for Duncanville ISD said, "less than 10 minutes after it occurred, the teacher cared so much about her student that she went down to the office with the assistant principal while someone else watched her class and they had a conversation in that office and came to some agreement and the student came back to the class later that same period."

In an interview with Steve Eager, Jeff Bliss said one of his key points is the fact that it's not just about his education, it's about our education. "If we embrace this, I feel as if we can make a serious change and a positive change. But if we just want to ignore and push this to the side then I expect to see the same problems again and again."

On Thursday, the district announced it would not punish Jeff Bliss for his actions. He said he was upset by what he says is his teacher's lack of passion for her profession

The teacher has been put on paid leave while the district investigates the incident. The district said that is standard procedure during investigations, but wouldn't say how long the leave will last.

"We love it when students are passionate about education," Duncanville ISD superintendent Dr. Alfred Ray told FOX4.

Ray also admitted the "setting and the tone could have been different" about Bliss' statements.

Jeff Bliss said his mom was proud of him but said his attitude could have been better.

Rhonda Bliss is relieved the district didn't punish her son.

"When you take a chance like that, there could always be something that doesn't work out well," Rhonda Bliss said.

Even though the video is viral, he said he doesn't want all the attention.

"I don't want people to look up to me as something to idolize or anything, I'm just as human as the next person," said Bliss.

He said he's received support from teachers and administrators.


While most of the student body hopped on the Jeff Bliss Bandwagon, understandably some teachers didn't. They are requesting no mention of the video in their classes and telling students to put their phones away.

"Really it was a normal day. But when Jeff came, it was like 'Whooo! It's Jeff.' I just started laughing because I knew what it was for and I thought it was funny," said Armani Young, a student at Duncanville High School.

Bliss backs up his outburst with his past because he dropped out of high school after his freshman year. He later returned and said he takes his schoolwork seriously. He asks that his teachers do the same.

Duncanville ISD released a statement reading, "We want our students and teachers to be engaged, but the method by which the student expressed his concern could have been handled in a more appropriate way."

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