Teacher Beaten For Allegedly Making Racially Insensitive Remark

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

On Jan. 29, a teacher at Forestville High School in Forestville, Maryland, was reportedly punched by a student after making what has been described as a "racially insensitive" remark. 

Prince George's County Public Schools told the Daily Mail that the district couldn’t comment on the case due to confidentiality, but a district spokesperson said the comment was misinterpreted.

“The teacher was treated for injuries at a local medical facility and released," the spokesperson said. "School administrators and security staff are working together to investigate the incident.

“Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is committed to ensuring a safe and supportive environment in all schools. 

“A letter was sent home to all Forestville parents and guardians to inform them of the incident and encourage them to reinforce with their students the importance of conducting themselves in a safe, responsible manner and to seek assistance if they need help resolving conflicts.”

NBC reported that the student is being disciplined, but it’s unclear if he’ll face criminal charges. School officials said it was an isolated incident and that they don’t see a need for increased security.  

Though the teacher has not been identified by officials, some people on social media have identified him as James Hemmen.

Sources: Daily Mail, NBC / Image via NBC