Harlem Park Elementary and Middle School is located in a community plagued by poverty and crime. The academic performance of its students, most of whom are black, is consistently among the worst in the state. It is not an easy place to teach. Ms. Deminds likely knows what fate holds for uneducated young men and women on the streets of her West Baltimore neighborhood. And she understood that the teacher was trying to warn unruly students when she told them that without an education, they would wind up as "a punk-ass [N-word] who's going to get shot." According to Ms. Deminds, the teacher's "message was right — her approach was wrong."