School Aide Unwisely Tries to Force Student to Sell Drugs

Maybe the "don't try to force students to sell drugs for you" page had been torn out of Anthony Davis' "How to Be a Successful Student Aide" handbook, because that's what he allegedly went ahead and did.

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Davis, who works in a school in the Bronx, reportedly told a teen at knife-point that he either had to sell marijuana "or he or his family would face the consequences," says the New York Post. For emphasis, Davis supposedly stuck the knife in a table. The Post reports Davis has since been arrested and charged with "menacing, weapons possession and acting in a manner to injure a child." But he only got a desk appearance ticket and is now free to stick more knives in more tables, though hopefully he'll think twice about doing this again.
What could Davis have done differently to prevent this less-than-auspicious outcome, which might cost him his job and freedom? Oh, a few things:

  • Instead of threatening the student and his family, Davis could have required the student to turn in homework assignments on time (considered appropriate in most schools).
  • Instead of threatening the student and his family, Davis could have asked a cop to sell drugs for him.
  • Instead of threatening the student and his family, Davis could have taught himself the art of Scandinavian cooking and sold the trendy cuisine from a food truck.

He also could have borrowed one of his colleague's "How to Be a Successful Student Aide" handbooks, though maybe he didn't realize that his copy was missing the page about not outsourcing drug deals to students until it was too late. It happens.

[New York Post, ABC, SGate]