A Maryland public school substitute has been “removed from the classroom” after video surfaced appearing to show him using a belt on students in a classroom as discipline.
The teacher, who wasn’t named, is seen in the video with a belt in his hand hitting students on the floor.
School officials said in a statement that the man is being investigated by law enforcement, according to MyFoxDC.
“On Friday, May 15, a substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline students while in one of our classes at Gwynn Park Middle School,” the statement said. “The substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom and the matter has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
“Prince George’s County Public Schools does not condone this type of behavior and it is not representative of the level of professionalism and respectful conduct of the team at the school. PGCPS works to create a respectful and safe environment for all students and staff.”
According to CBS Baltimore, some parents said the substitute did what was needed to break up a fight between students in a sixth grade class.
“There were other things that he could have done without being that aggressive,” another parent said.
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