Latin bites the dust
So are there any recent examples of classics teachers trying to defuse gang violence? As a matter of fact, yes. But it ended badly.
Alan Eaton, 33, a Latin teacher at Woodside High in San Mateo County, northern California, intervened when he saw a gang member harassing one of his students after class. Mr Eaton approached Lamarr Timmons, 19, a member of the so-called Shady mob, and tried to calm him down, saying: "There are thousands of words in the world, but I think you're using the wrong ones."
The gang member's response was a profanity, followed by a threat to knock the teacher out. He later floored Mr Eaton with a single punch, causing him pound;3,000 worth of dental damage, including the loss of three teeth. Cripes.