William keeps a large Bible on his desk at work and always wears a large silver cross around his neck. At times William will use biblical quotations to support his comments and assertions that his observations are correct in conversations with his co-workers. Additionally, he usually tells people to have a “Blessed Day.”
Joe, one of William’s co-workers, has started referring to him as “Saint Willy.” This has gotten a lot of laughs around the team office. William has confronted Joe about this and asked him to stop. Joe’s response was “Can’t you take a joke?” Joe not only has not stopped referring to William as “Saint Willy,” but he has encouraged others to do so.
- What possible issues/concerns might this scenario raise?
- How could this situation become a violation of the law, the “Code” or other school /district policies?
- In this situation, what are some potentially negative consequences for the teacher, for the students, and the school community?
- What responses/actions will result in a more positive outcome and/or what proactive measures might be considered?