Teacher tackles pupil to the ground in ‘deeply disturbing’ classroom attack (VIDEO)
Students at Bay View High School watched as their biology lesson turned into a one-sided brawl involving a pupil and a teaching assistant.
The angry clash kicked off during an argument between the pair, and was filmed on a camera phone by another student, eyewitnesses told CBS News.
Shot from under a school desk, the shaky clip shows the unidentified 14-year-old boy appearing to raise his leg, before being pushed into a row over chairs by his teaching aide and onto the floor.
In the 15-second altercation, the man can be heard to shout expletives as he grabs the pupil’s throat and forces him to the ground.
Another adult, thought to be the class teacher, looks visibly shocked as the explosive attack unfolds.
The video does not capture what happened before the fight, but reports suggest the angry clash came after the victim made disrespectful remarks.
Milwaukee Public School District has described the altercation as “deeply disturbing” in a statement to CBS58 News.
“As soon as the school administration was notified of the incident, the Milwaukee Police Department was contacted and the staff member removed from the classroom."
“We are cooperating with the Milwaukee Police Department. This staff member - who is a paraprofessional (teacher aide) – faces disciplinary action, including termination.”
Parents have reacted with dismay at the teaching assistant’s actions, with one father explaining how he had never seen anything like the “scary” footage.
An investigation is currently underway into the attack and a report is due to be sent to the district attorney’s office.