A shocking new video has captured an out-of-control high-school student get into a violent confrontation with his 62-year-old teacher and slam him on the classroom’s floor, after his phone was taken away during class.
The ninth-grade student, whose name has been withheld, was in the middle of a physics lesson, taught by a teacher at the John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey, when he flew into a rage.
The footage, taken by one of the other students, shows the classroom descend into a complete chaos as the 16-year-old boy wrestles his 62-year-old teacher to the floor. The other students are seen sitting around, observing the spectacle and none of them intervenes.
1. The student is seen wrestling with the teacher who tried to carry on with his lesson as the boy grabs him around his waist.
2. The student then slams the 62-year-old physics teacher into a desk as other students watch on.
School officials have said that the student has been suspended. He has also been charged with assault. David Cozart, John F. Kennedy High School’s principal of operations, said that the boy flew into a rage after his teacher took the phone from him.
The video shows the student wrestle with the teacher, who attempted to carry on with his lesson, even as the boy grabbed him around his waist and slams him into a desk.
Some students are seen moving away from the scene, saying “I’m out, I’m out”, while others yelled for the security saying “Someone help him!”.
Lee McNulty, a retired JFK teacher. told NorthJersey.com:
What strikes me is that the teacher never even defended himself, that just shows how much teachers are afraid of losing their job.
3. In this part of the video the boy is seen dragging the teacher to the floor as he towers over him.
4. Other students can be heard shouting for the student to ‘chill,’ and one, seen here, tried to get the boy to stop afterwards.
Peter Tirri, president of the Paterson Education Association, the teachers union, said he was “disappointed” that none of the other students tried to help the teacher. He said:
Maybe they were afraid, I don’t know.
Jonathan Hodges, a veteran school board member told NorthJersey.com:
It’s troubling that in our society today students think that inside a school they can put their hands on each other and teachers. I went online trying to find this video and I found numerous videos of teachers being attacked by their students.
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