One high school teacher from California is facing criminal repercussions after video surfaced of him online involved in a physical altercation with a student.
Marston Riley, the 64-year-old teacher, was captured on cellphone video by a witness during band class. The student and teacher, both from Maywood Academy High School, can be seen throwing punches at one another. The teacher repeatedly hits the student with clenched fists, while the student attempts to grab at objects to strike the teacher back. One witness told media outlets that he was “scared for the kid, and partly for the teacher too.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incident. The student was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The victim was later released under stable condition, and the teacher was taken to the Los Angeles County Jail. The suspect was later released after posting $50,000 in bail.
According to initial reports, the fight initially broke out when the teacher confronted the student for not wearing proper school attire. Witnesses stated that the student responding in a very combative way and began to spout several inappropriate, derogatory and racist remarks towards the teacher. Bystanders reported the student repeatedly used the N-word to further enrage the African-American teacher.
Some concerned citizens have started a GoFundMe page for the teacher’s legal fees. They claim the teacher has been both verbally and physically attacked in the past by his students, and the entire situation is out of control. Maywood Academy High School has made the decision to add an additional police presence on campus and supply more crisis counselors for those in need.