An instructor in Salem, Oregon, was placed on paid leave after she was caught on camera pulling off a student’s shirt (video below).
Sara Rue reportedly started having a panic attack when her teacher got into an fight with another student.
As Rue tried to leave the classroom, the teacher grabbed her by her sweatshirt and pulled so hard that the shirt ripped off.
"The entire class saw me exposed," Rue, who was 15 at the time of the incident, told KTUL. "And it was really embarrassing. I don't know if you, if who saw the video, could hear me crying at the end but I've never cried like that before."
"Every time I watch it, I want to cry because of how scared I could tell I was, just by the sound of my voice," she added. "Just by me crying."
School officials said authorities were called to file a report for a potential criminal case. The school also placed the instructor on paid administrative leave.
“The teacher is on paid administrative leave, which is not discipline or an indication of guilt," school district spokesman Jay Remy told the Statesman Journal. "It's just a status we put people on when we're investigating.”
Remy also added that their guidelines allow for a teacher to use physical force if necessary and reasonable. However, school officials not sure if this instance qualifies.
“We'll be trying to determine if that falls under one of those categories or not,” Remy said. “If not, then what happens?”
Tracey Lunsford, a spokeswoman for the Salem anti-bullying group “Bully This," told KATU the teacher was wrong for doing what she did to Rue.
“If I was in the teacher's shoes, she should have let her walk away and dealt with consequences later,” Lunsford said. “Putting hands on her, I don't think there's any excuse for that.”
Rue said she hopes the teacher is fired.