Philadelphia teacher Pewu Johnson was filmed lying unconscious in a high school hallway after a student allegedly knocked him out on Thursday.
The 68-year-old reportedly reprimanded the teenager after he saw a female student sitting on the boy’s lap in an “inappropriate manner” at Bartram High School. Later that day, the student confronted Johnson and allegedly told him to “get the f**k out of my face” before throwing Johnson to the ground. The push caused Johnson to hit his head against the floor, according to school officials.
“He grabbed me, then lifted me up, then dropped me on my back, on the floor,” Johnson said. “I became unconscious. I wasn't hearing anything. I was out.”
Following the assault, which was partially filmed on a student’s camera and uploaded to social media websites, Johnson was rushed to the hospital and treated for a concussion.
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Johnson’s attacker, whose name was not released to the public, has been suspended from the Philadelphia high school and will be charged with a criminal offense.
“The School District does not tolerate this type of behavior and is working with Bartram High School and Philadelphia Police to make sure that the student is disciplined and also charged,” Fernando Gallard, a Philadelphia School District spokesperson, said.
Johnson noted that he has sometimes been abused and bullied during his 14 years as a district substitute, but that Thursday’s attack was the first time he’d ever been assaulted.
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Two similar attacks occurred at the school in October. During one incident, a ninth-grade student pushed a teacher to the floor in order to snatch the teacher’s laptop. In a second assault, a 12th grade student punched a teacher in the face in order to see a fight that had begun outside the classroom.
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