A disgruntled student violently attacked his high school English teacher after a brief conversation about the student’s “poor classroom performance.”
The English teacher, whose name has not been released, teaches at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Cell phone video of the attack, taken by students in the class, was posted to social media and shared with local news affiliate WSB-TV2.
The Gwinnett Daily Post noted that “the district has seen an increase in fights and in guns and other weapons being brought on campus.”
The outlet reported that at Shiloh High School “a student fired a gun on campus,” at Grayson High School a student “cut a classmate with a box cutter while they were fighting in a school bathroom,” and at Norcross High School a “student was shot and killed near the school’s campus.”
Discovery High School principal Marci Sledge sent a letter to parents following the attack — noting what happened and pledging that “physical violence” would not be tolerated.
The student who attacked the teacher faces criminal charges and school disciplinary consequences.
Video of the attack shows what appears to be a brief conversation between the student and his teacher, after which the student repeatedly strikes the teacher with his fists. The attack does not stop after the teacher falls to the ground.
A fellow student came to the teacher’s aid — tackling the attacker and stopping the beating.
The teacher’s wife spoke anonymously with WSB-TV2 about the attack, reporting her husband “sustained injuries to the head, as well as a bloody mouth and [has] feeling[s] of dizziness.” She added:
“I don’t think people should have the crap beat out of them when they go to work. I just want the students and the teachers to be safe because my husband signed up to be a teacher. He loves his job.”
“I would like better security,” said the teacher’s wife to WSB-TV2. “And I would like for a student not have to be the one that pulls another student off of my loved one.”
11ALIVE reported that angry parents have confronted the Gwinnett County school board about the rise in violence, noting that problems have increased as schools have “relaxed…policies on violence.”
According to 11ALIVE, the school district recorded 638 fights this school year, representing a 35% increase over last year.