A YouTube video of a teen body-slamming his teacher to the ground shouldn’t be surprising anyone in today’s violent world.
The student, a ninth-grader at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, N.J., was angry at his 62-year-old teacher for taking his cellphone, according to the local newspaper, the Paterson Press. The boy responded the way all too many kids do these days: with violence.
It’s just the kind of disrespect for authority that often leads to confrontations with superiors, and sometimes police, later in life.
The teen has been charged with third-degree aggravated assault and has been suspended from school, the Paterson Press reported.
“We took a statement from the teacher today,” police Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez told the newspaper. “After that, we went out and found the juvenile and arrested him.”
The school district has not named the teacher or the student, but officials said they are taking the situation seriously.
“Let me say that this is a very upsetting incident and certainly one that we take seriously,” school district spokeswoman Terry Corallo said. “The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.”
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