A Wisconsin high school teacher was brutally beaten by a 16-year-old student Tuesday, earning widespread condemnation from city officials.
In a video taken by a fellow classmate that was shared widely on social media, it shows the student following the teacher around the classroom before shoving and then punching him repeatedly in the head.
The incident happened in South Division High School in Milwaukee. The whole thing started with verbal confrontation that eventually led to the student pummeling the teacher down to the floor.
The unnamed teacher did not suffer any life threatening injuries from the beating, according to FOX6.
But the student was arrested by Milwaukee police and could face battery charges. His case will be reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Office.
Reggie Moore, Milwaukee’s director of the Office of Violence Prevention, condemned the violence and blasted the students who stood by and laughed while their fellow student punched the teacher.
On Facebook, he also expressed his respect for teachers who “wake up every day to give children in our city a chance.”
Allen B. West reports:
I realized that being a high school teacher resembled being in a combat zone, and if that were the case I needed to be able to protect myself. The final straw was when I was heading to the track for practice — I was the track coach — and there were five young black boys beating down one. They had him on the ground and were kicking him in the head and body. I charged them and several ran away, except for one. That one decided to take a swing at me, and instincts kicked in from combatives training. The fella soon found himself in a front chokehold, and I remember him saying to me that he couldn’t breathe. That episode came to mind as I read this story.