Fake News : The story regarding the 55 year old teacher being bullied is made up

There is a story that is all around the internet about a teacher being harassed by students for the online classes being held and it goes like this –

” STOP ABUSING TEACHERS WHO ARE TEACHING YOU ONLINE!

Principal suddenly called the 55 year old teacher and told him to learn how to take class online. He doesn’t have much to say as he knows that if he denies he will be laid off, at this age in this situation he can’t do any other job, to pay for his family he has no choice.Unwillingly he takes his smart phone to his daughter. His daughter helped him to understand the basic of Zoom, his hands often shake to go around the tabs, he often freezes trying to understand how this thing works but he has no choice.The next day he goes to new market to buy a new white board.

The price of these small board soared up, but without these how can he take the class? He took the board in a rickshaw and came home. Placed the board in a chair and started practicing the lesson. It was harder than he thought, staring at a camera and teaching but he has no choice.The next day he wore a new shirt, will be seeing his students after one and half month, his daughter helped him to setup the smart phone, and the students were added and the class went on.

He was shaky, his voice cracked every now and then he was nervous but he has no choice. Suddenly an unknown ID started using slang at him, the F words, the A words, open threats. He couldn’t understand how should he react, he shouted out of anger and embarrassment, a teacher is being humiliated in front of his students. His life work of earning respect from his students seemed to vanish in seconds. His daughter taught him to mute students but the student could un mute himself, the student kept on using slangs and he did it for entertainment.

The only thing the teacher could do was to end the class, as he has no choice.He called for his daughter, she came running and saw her father in tears, she held him tightly tried to calm him down but he kept crying as he never faced such humiliation in his life. That he had troubled sleeping that night, as he knew the next day he has to wake up and face the same ordeal as he has no choice. “

Truth

But wait, what if I told you it’s a made up story? Everyone posted and uploaded this story but nobody asked who wrote it or the source from where it was taken? Nobody asked the name of teacher, the background, why?

It was actually an imaginary story written by a citizen of Bangladesh (we respect the privacy of a person). He wanted to discuss the hypothetical situation that occurs when an old teacher is new at online methods of teaching.

The image being circulated turns out Fake

Let’s talk about the image, the image is of a teacher in a Bangladesh School and he’s trying to teach the students Mathematics but the students are making fun and howling in the Zoom Class. And the writer of the story imagined the situation and made a story. You can view the video using this link – (https://www.facebook.com/100011736819091/videos/1090386348029249)

In the original write-up there was a disclaimer saying it is a made up story but this could happen to any of us. But the viral story posted by others did not have the disclaimer, not even a single one had it.

Some of them were –

Made up story of a 55 year old going viral
Made up story of a 55 year old teacher going viral

Very smartly this person replaced the note of the original writer and depicted as if he has written it.

Final words

Online bullying is not acceptable at all. We’re not saying that students don’t do this all, they do and We all must fight against this culture. But again, let’s talk about the news and this is a great example why fake news is such a disaster in online media.

Several educated people shared this news, this news got published on news media like Tribune India and India Today. Hence it is always necessary to ask the source of the news.

To read more on Fake News, click here.

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