A freshman at John F. Kennedy High School, in Paterson, was arrested after he slammed a teacher to the ground in a classroom. He now faces criminal assault charges, and has been suspended from school, city school officials confirmed.
The violent assault was caught on tape, and the video made its way onto YouTube. It shows the violent tussle between the 16-year-old student and his 62-year-old teacher. In the video, the student has his arms wrapped around the teacher in a wrestling hold, before forcefully knocking him into a desk and finally slamming him to the ground.
The school’s principal, David Cozart, said the incident occurred after the teacher allegedly confiscated the student’s phone. Cozart said that phones are permitted in class for academic purposes, but teachers and staff may confiscate the mobile devices if they become a distraction to students.
Peter Tirri, president of the Paterson teacher’s union, expressed surprise and disappointment that the kids in the classroom made little effort to help their teacher.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t see any other kids in the classroom help [the teacher] out,” Tirri told NorthJersey.com.
Another school board member said:
“It’s troubling that in our society today students think that inside a school they can put their hands on each other and teachers as well. I went online trying to find this video and I found numerous videos of teachers being attacked by their students.”
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