Is there any behavior that would warrant THIS?
A mom and her pre-teen son are seeking justice after the boy was lifted up and slammed to the floor of his classroom by a substitute teacher. The reason that the boy was brutalized seems to stem over a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates. Though the man is no longer employed by the school system, the police are saying there’s far more to the story, and the teacher may not have done anything to warrant his arrest.
A 12-year-old seventh grader named Jose Escudero had a box of chocolates in class at Western Gulford Middle School in North Carolina on Valentine’s Day. His regular teacher wasn’t overseeing the class, and substitute teacher Paul Stennett was leading the class instead. For some reason, Paul took the box of chocolates away from Jose and threw it in the classroom’s sink.
At the end of class, Jose retrieved the candy from the sink and put it in his bookbag. According to the student, the substitute teacher then became violent. Jose told local news outlet FOX8 that Paul attempted to take the box away from Jose which he was unable to get. Then Paul pinned the boy against the wall before throwing him over his shoulder and onto the ground.
Mayo Corrales posted a short video of the violent episode to her Facebook on Friday, Feb. 16 telling people that Jose was unfairly suspended for seven days for the event and that she wanted justice. Jose also sent photos of his bruised arms and back to FOX8 to prove that he was the young man in the video.
Once the shocking footage went viral, news outlets started reaching out to the school and school district to see if the substitute teacher was punished in any way for body-slamming the boy. Guilford County Schools spokeswoman Tina Firesheets confirmed that Paul has been fired as a substitute, a job that he started on Dec. 19, 2017.
The school district’s Chief of Staff Nora Carr reiterated that Paul would no longer be employed in the school system. “This kind of behavior toward a student is disturbing and unacceptable,” she said. Jose’s mother said that she would still be taking legal action toward Paul and the school for the incident.
While most people are in agreement that Paul’s behavior was unwarranted, the Public Information Officer for the Greensboro Police Department Susan Danielsen told Daily Mail, “The video does not capture the entire incident. We are still interviewing people so it would be premature to place any charges at this time. At this point, no one has been charged.”
Other teachers have been accused of physically assaulting their students this year. Colorado middle school gym teacher Karen Smith was placed on administrative leave after she allegedly assaulted a male student on Feb. 2 for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance. While her case is still pending, some people are using the case to espouse their political beliefs.
“I stand with Karen Smith, the teacher in Colorado who assaulted a male student who refused to stand, honor our country, our flag,” Twitter user @EdStackSr1 wrote about the incident. “The boy is lucky I was not with Karen Smith because I would have slapped hell out of him! He is a little unpatriotic punk being reared by bad parents!”
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