ABA610 .pdf - BBB School Culture Interview of Mr Robert Rucker Patricia Jenkins National University ABA 610 September 5 2020 2 CULTURE INTERVIEW BBB

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BBB School Culture: Interview of Mr. Robert Rucker Patricia Jenkins National University ABA 610 September 5, 2020
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2 CULTURE INTERVIEW BBB Culture: Interview of Mr. Robert Rucker I interviewed Robert Rucker, the special education teacher at BBB High School, to learn about BBB High school’s culture. I chose Mr. Rucker because he is a teacher at one of the schools where I provide behavior intervention services, and because I believe that he is an active participant in the school’s community. I was able to talk with him by telephone after school hours, since we are both working remotely. Mr. Rucker has been the special education teacher at BBB High in BBB Unified School District for the past ten years. He grew up in Carson, California, and he went to high school in that city. Mr. Rucker received his bachelor’s degree in English, with an emphasis in writing, from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is currently attending California State University, Long Beach, working on his Masters in School Counseling. He hopes to switch jobs and become a school counselor at BBB High within the next year or two. Interview At the beginning of the interview, I explained briefly the purpose of the assignment. I included some questions in the interview that I already knew the answer to, but decided that they were worth keeping, in order to emphasize their importance and to hear what Mr. Rucker had to say in their regard. A list of the questions asked can be seen in the Appendix. The first question was about the primary demographic of the school. Mr. Rucker described that the demographic is 70% white, 20% Hispanic, and 10% other. Mr. Rucker went on to say, however, that this statistic is slightly misleading, because it doesn’t touch on cultural demographic. Of BBB’s white population, a large majority is Armenian, with many of these students being immigrants, or their parents being immigrants; with some still learning English. Next, we addressed the primary
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3 CULTURE INTERVIEW concerns of the school. In October, there was an incident on campus which led to a shift in the school’s planning and thinking. I asked him to describe the incident, even though I already knew, because I wanted to understand his perspective. What happened was that there was a fight- turned-riot on campus. The fight happened during lunch and involved a huge number of students; it was completely uncontrollable by the staff, resulting in the police coming in riot gear, and the school being put on lockdown. Mr. Rucker mentioned that the fight had been brewing for a while because the students were divided and tensions had been rising. The breaking point came when an Armenian student pushed a kid with special needs in front of the football team. There had been tension between one group of Armenian students, many of whom were recent immigrants, and the “popular group” on campus. This tension may have arisen due to cultural differences, language barriers, formation of “cliques,” or other factors. The Armenian student claimed he
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