In a video filled with passion and genuine emotion, a high school student stood up for himself and his classmates in a history classroom in Duncanville, Texas.
Unaware that someone in the classroom was recording his speech, Jeff Bliss, an 18-year-old student at Duncanville High School, let go on his apathetic history teacher, Julia Phung. Telling her she needs to work at her job and not just give them “packets” to work out of, Bliss puts his heart on his sleeve and makes a plea that should make his parents proud. Bliss movingly tells the teacher, “You want kids to come to class? You want them to get excited? You gotta come in here, you gotta make ’em excited, to change him and make him better, you gotta touch his freakin’ heart.” The teacher, however, was not touched.
Instead, Bliss was kicked out of the classroom and summoned to meet with the principal of the school.
Here’s the video:
Not long after the video went viral, WFAA-TV out of Dallas, Texas, tracked Bliss down, and interviewed him.
Here’s the video:
Bliss is a high school hero. After having dropped out of high school for a year, he realized how important it was for him to get his education. He learned to appreciate what an education would mean for him and he went back. He knew what he was missing out on due to his teacher’s less than effective teaching style, and stood up not only for himself but for all those in the classroom with him. Bliss made it clear to the teacher that she was messing with not only his future, but the “future of this nation,” telling her she needs to take her job seriously.
Apparently Duncanville ISD agrees with him. Word is that the teacher has been placed on leave, and Good Guy Jeff will face no disciplinary action from the school.
Thank you, Jeff Bliss, for standing up. It’s not always the easy thing to do.