Being PC and all, of course I think this man deserved to be arrested and deserves not to have a teaching job for the rest of his life. I know teachers who deal with threats and physical abuse all the Without a doubt, the student is wrong. But he is just a kid. After he hits the teacher with basketball, it is time to leave and go get security. Why on earth this teacher thought it was okay to get into a fist fight with a student is beyond me. If he hit the teacher and called him the n-word, then the teacher should have just called security and got the police involved. The only thing that can happen in a physical altercation is that someone could get hurt for real.
Just in case that was not clear.
"We all may have mixed feelings about what happened. But please do know that this is not the first time that Mr. Riley is attacked; physically or verbally. He is a great person and a great teacher."
And apparently, this was planned out at least from one student's perspective.
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Another thing I don't get is that everyone knows in this day and age that as soon as an unusual situation arises, there's at least someone filming it. Why would that teacher be so dumb?
Anyway, the teacher was in the wrong and consequences are justified. That being said, there should be consequences for the student as well.
A teacher is supposed to show restraint and maturity. No one should ever feel entitled to dish out any form of physical punishment or abuse over another human being, it just isn’t helpful. The correct thing to do is to get authorities involved if it escalated or send the kid to boot camp/principles office, etc. The kid need help... not another adult lacking the maturity to “put a kid in his place”... just so many forms of disrespect on both sides. In that moment both of them hated themselves and their lives lol it happens! No one is perfect
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I didn't see the video from start, I've only seen the actual fight, so I can only raise two scenarios. (down below)
Mind you, I live in a country where student abuse is highly likely believe it or not and teachers... well not sure if they get the protection they need.
Disruptive behaviour means you get the hell out of the class, no matter who you are, no matter your colour or the teacher's colour.
Of course the "student", some might argue was just a teen, but fuck me, I would have never dared to raise my voice to my teachers, as my mom would have dismembered me at home.
Again, disruptive behaviour, ejection out of the class. I assume that student refused to leave. Details so far, do not even matter to be honest.
From this part, there are two scenarios:
1. students taunt teacher and calls him n**, then that's not enough for the teacher to start a fist fight. In that case I agree with the repercussions on the teacher.
2. student taunts teacher to the point of getting physical or even assaulting teacher. in that case expect a response of the same nature as, the situation turned to a self-defense situation, where same rules apply as anywhere else (mall, street, apartment, club, venue): defend.
I live in the country where one guy was sleeping, two others break into his house in the middle of the night. Sleeping guy reaches cabinet next to bed and pulls a knife, killing the two that tackled him in the dark.
He was charged for killing as "he used unjustified force".
Should have given them pillows to make sure those two don't scratch their knees while trying to kill him in the dark.
Technically, the student committed assault when he threw the ball at the teacher. It didn't appear to cause injury, but it was still done in an aggressive, aggravated manner, and likely with intent to cause harm which is sufficient for an assault charge. He likely only got off easy because he's a minor.
That said, when the teacher struck the student, it was not necessary for self defense, and it exceeded the "equal force" he is permitted to use by law, and thus would be classed as retaliatory, resulting in a second instance of assault. Not to mention that the teacher did not at any time attempt to flee or disengage.
Personally, I think they both should've been charged with assault. The student shouldn't receive as harsh of a sentence as the teacher because again, he's a minor--but he should still be held accountable for initiating.