High School Teacher Fired After Being Punched By Student And Trying to Restrain Him

A high school teacher in Merced, California, got fired after defending himself during an altercation with a student. This is according to a tweet from @FightHaven, which went viral, racking up more than 16.2 million views since it was published on March 25.

The video starts with a teacher and a student standing in a classroom. The student initially moves away from the desk and approaches the teacher until they are in close contact. The student continues to provoke the teacher and starts to push against him while the teacher tries to diffuse the situation and get the student to back away.

As the teacher turned to walk away, the student then gave the teacher a much bigger push. In response, the teacher threw something that resembled a binder at the student. This resulted in the student punching and wildly swinging at the teacher.

The teacher tried to restrain the student by grabbing him before the student eventually stopped the attack and retreated.

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The case has sparked much debate on social media about whether or not the firing was justified. Many Twitter users commented on their support for the teacher.

“He got fired for what? He just put the kid in a headlock to defend himself,” @davidgokhshtein commented.

“He never put him in a headlock, just grabbed him in his upper body to restrain him,” @BECommander11 responded, “The student needs to be charged with assault and battery, and the teacher needs to sue the school for wrongful termination!”

However, other users weren’t so sure, suggesting the teacher should have taken more appropriate action to handle the dispute.

“Most schools have a security button you push, and you get immediately in conversation with the front office to tell them what is going on,” one person @SillyZooUSA said. “Within seconds, someone is there who has the authority to grab the student. The teacher had plenty of time to use the protocol. Firing justified.”

“He shouldn’t have thrown the binder. As soon as the student started taking his belongings off, the teacher should have ran to his phone and called security to his classroom,” another user, @stephythenerd, commented. “I don’t think he should’ve gotten fired. Temporary leave and maybe a relocation within the district.”

This article was produced and syndicated by TPR Teaching.

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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YE
YE
10 months ago

Teacher shouldn’t be fired. Student should be suspended immediately.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 months ago
Reply to  YE

I agree. Students get away with too much in this country.

Hazelpaxton73@gmail.com
Hazelpaxton73@gmail.com
10 months ago
Reply to  YE

Teacher did good not to punch his lights out. Students get away with too much in this country.

Bill
Bill
10 months ago

the punkass kid should get his ass kicked and his parents are to blame. It’s the parents that are to raise their offspring manners. No excuses. I’ll bet he will have some bruises come morning. if they have a clue. Which unfortunately I doubt.

Asomma
Asomma
10 months ago

If you want to destroy a civilization, three are demolished. The family, role model, education and teacher to reduce his position in society until he is despised by students. The teacher is a victim of unfair laws.. The West is already destroying themselves

Nick__Knight@hotmail.com
Nick__Knight@hotmail.com
8 months ago

This is a clear case of wrongful termination in violation of public policy. The teacher should see an employment lawyer and sue for back pay and reinstatement plus attorneys’ fees.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 months ago

Sue, Teacher, Sue

Eric
Eric
6 months ago

People who support the teacher being fired are either entitled kids themselves, or parents who have created much of the crisis in education by utterly failing to teach their kids respect or allow anyone else to teach their kids respect.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 months ago

Speaking as a mother of a teacher. The student should be charged, and the teacher should not be punished; children today show no respect for any kind of authority. Teachers put up with way too much disrespect.