Leaked footage showing a Bay Area substitute teacher flying off the handles in front of his sixth-grade class over vanishing rubber bands has gone viral (video below).
The shocking video shows an Antioch Middle School substitute teacher screaming and waving his hands in anger at one of the students for allegedly taking a box of rubber bands. It is unclear what led up to the explosion.
A student recorded the meltdown on her cell phone on March 21, and KRON obtained the footage by an anonymous employee who feared retribution. The employee said instructors are frustrated by a lack of discipline in the school, which possibly caused the substitute to lose control.
The school's principal confirmed the incident happened and said the human resources department will be performing a full investigation. The principal said he did see the footage and describes the teacher’s behavior "as reaching the breaking point," according to KRON.
The Antioch Unified School District released a statement regarding the episode:
Late yesterday, administration at Antioch Middle School learned that a substitute teacher had lost his temper with students in a sixth grade classroom. Staff took immediate and decisive steps to ensure that the substitute was removed from the classroom and the campus. Police were immediately notified and students in the classroom will receive counseling as needed. The actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our schools or our District. We take all instances of student safety seriously and will ensure that appropriate and conclusive steps are taken as determined by the outcome of the investigation.
The parents of the student who was scolded in the clip have been contacted about the incident.
The teacher in the video has been a substitute for the district for a long time, though has been terminated after this incident, according to KRON.