Police are investigating a substitute teacher after he was accused of assaulting an eighth grade student.
The students mother wants the substitute teacher arrested and sent to jail after the boy said the teacher body slammed him into the ground. So far no arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed.
But since another students cellphone video of the incident was made public, some parents and many people online have come to the teachers defense.
The incident happened at Bernard Black Elementary in Phoenix, and the question remains: did the substitute teacher go too far?
It happened in an 8th grade social studies class, a 13-year-old Hispanic student and a Black substitute teacher were involved in a confrontation. The student used profanity, started pushing the teacher, and then called the teacher a nigger. That is when the teacher took him to the ground. Students recorded the incident on their cell phones.
The mother said what her son said or did made no difference, according to Fox 10 Phoenix:
I dont care what words come out of a childs mouth, no one should ever put their hands on a child like that, said the boys mother Esther Delfuente.
She found out her son was taken down by his teacher when she got a call from Bernard Black Elementary. They told her they called police to report the incident.
Delafuentes son did not want to talk on camera, but he did admit he called the teacher a racial slur before the take down.
You dont put your hands on a kid, youre an adult, said Robert Acosta, a concerned parent. Youre a teacher, youre supposed to control, that is your job, youre not supposed to react that way, I just think the teacher went too far, he said.
But other parents disagreed. Pamela Johnson said: (The teacher) did not body slam him to the ground. If he did, the boy would not have gotten back up so quickly. The boy pushed him and called him a racial slur. The teacher needed to end a violent confrontation the boy started.
Another parent remarked: In my day, a kid like that would have been paddled until he could not sit down. I cant believe he called a Black teacher that. Unbelievable disrespect.
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When the video was put up on Facebook, many school parents supported the teacher.
FOX 10 reported that out of more than 2,000 comments posted on their Facebook page the vast majority supported the substitute teacher.
Some criticized the teacher for not handling the situation in the best way:
But such sentiment was very hard to find. Nearly all commenters had things like this to say:
The Roosevelt School District says the substitute teacher has been removed from the school, pending the outcome of the investigation.
What do you think? Did the teacher go way over the line? Or did he act appropriately given the disrespect and aggression showed by the student?