A ninth-grader at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ was arrested Friday and charged with assaulting a teacher in a classroom.
The attack, captured on video, shows the teen slamming the 62-year-old educator to the floor in front of other students in an effort to get his cellphone back.
The teacher apparently confiscated the phone — which belonged to the assailant — from another student. The principal said students are allowed to use cellphones in class for academic purposes, but staff may take the devices and return them at the end of the day if students use them for other reasons.
City school officials confirmed that criminal charges have been filed against the student, who has been suspended from school.
It’s sad other students didn’t step in to help. It’s equally sad that this teacher probably had to decide between letting the assault happen or defending himself with force, which likely would have resulted in losing his job.