A freshman high school student at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey, was arrested after allegedly assaulting a teacher in a classroom.
The altercation took place after the teacher took the male student’s cellphone away and was captured on video by another student in the classroom.
In the video, the 16-year-old student grabs the 62-year-old teacher around the waist and pulls him down into a desk. The teacher is then pulled up by the student as he continues to hold him at the waist and moves him to the front of the classroom.
A student who was seated nearby says, “I’m out,” as he moves away from them.
The teacher falls to the ground, and the student appears to hit him while he is on the floor.
Other students can then be heard asking to call for security.
No student intervened during the attack, reports The Blaze.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t see any other kids in the classroom help [the teacher] out,” said Peter Tirri, president of the Paterson Education Association, the teachers union. “Maybe they were afraid. I don’t know.”
The teacher does not fight back against the student during the entire altercation.
“What strikes me is that the teacher never even defended himself,” Lee McNulty, a retired John F. Kennedy High School teacher, told NorthJersey.com. “That just shows how much teachers are afraid of losing their job.”
The school district filed a complaint against the student earlier this week and he has been suspended.
Police arrested the student on Friday and charged him with third-degree aggravated assault.
“We took a statement from the teacher today,” said Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez. “After that, we went out and found the juvenile and arrested him.”
While the student is on suspension, he will receive home instruction and a disciplinary hearing will determine “an appropriate, educational placement” for the duration of the school year.
The names of the student and teacher have not been released. The teacher has worked in the district since 2003.