I don't just see this behavior in school, I observe it in public all the time. It is usually done by teen and early twenties young men, but I've also seen men of all ages spitting on sidewalks, streets etc.
Any men want to comment on this observation, and maybe explain it?
From: Nnaell@aol.com [mailto:Nnaell@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 9:25 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: vile manners
??? What am I missing here? I have not observed any of this spitting behavior. But it is really disgusting!!! Why is this even tolerated? Are any of your administrations dealing with this issue? Especially as you are all correct in saying this is a health issue. If I had students who did that, I would start wearing my plastic gloves right in front of them. When asked why I was wearing my gloves (we have to wear surgical gloves anytime we might come into contact with body fluids) I would say "so and so has been spitting and so I have to wear my gloves when he is in the room so I do not take the risk of being contaminated." If you got complaints from parents, I would just say that if he feel he has to continue this disugusting behavior, I have to protect myself. I bet you would see some changes real fast!!!