Disturbing video footage captured the moment a Georgia teacher tried to break up a fight between students but got caught in the middle of their swinging arms.
Filmed on a cell phone in a room at Rome Middle School in Floyd County, the video showed an unnamed middle school teacher attempting to stop a fight between two female students. As the teacher is speaking to the girls, they begin to hit each other – over the teacher’s head.
The teacher is struck multiple times until the footage ends as another middle school student jumps up to intervene.
Floyd County Schools officials would not release any information on the teacher or the students involved in the incident, according to WSB-TV. But residents of the community, which is about 80 miles northwest of Atlanta, were shaken by the video, which was posted on YouTube, and what some teachers have to deal with in the classroom.
“That’s a very unfortunate situation, unfortunate for that teacher to get caught up in that,” Rosemary Ringer told WSB-TV.
“People just taking things into their own hands and not stopping, taking a breath, assessing the situation,” resident Abby Holcomb said.
Rome school district officials initially told the station they did not know anything about the incident.
“But after we sent them the video, the superintendent called and said they are aware of the incident, but had no further comment,” WSB-TV reported. The district would not reveal if any disciplinary action had been taken either, citing privacy concerns.
Community residents told WSB-TV they hoped this was an isolated incident as Rome Middle School is a good school.
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