Elected officials in Milwaukee are calling for the expulsion of a student who was caught on video viciously assaulting his teacher.
The video, which went viral, showed a South Division High School teenage student brutally attacking his teacher after the two exchanged words.
In the wake of the video Alderman Bob Donovan and Terry Witkowski issued statements calling for the student to be expelled from school and for criminal charges to be filed, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
“Sadly, the violence captured on the video did not just germinate out of thin air – it was behavior likely learned, seen and experienced close to home,” Witowski’s statement read.
Reggie Moore, Milwaukee’s director of the Office of Violence Prevention, released a statement on Facebook and said he reached out “to the young man and his family” and defended the students heard laughing in the video.
“ALL of those responses are typical among youth depending on their level of exposure to trauma. Witnessing severe assaults, shootings etc. as a child impacted me to the point that I became numb without losing the perspective that it was never ok for this to happen to another human being. Those experiences actually prepared me to better support the youth I’ve worked with over the years who had seen and experienced trauma/violence often 10x worse than I had,” he wrote.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the video to possibly follow charges of battery.
The teacher suffered non-life threatening injuries, but according the video the student got the better of him. Of course, the teacher was likely caught off guard and perhaps hestitant to defend himself.
Milwaukee Public Schools told the Journal-Sentinel in a statement that they could not comment on the specifics of the incident but that students who violate the school’s code of ethics face discipline that can include being expelled from school.
But, is kicking a kid out of school and into the streets the answer? Perhaps jail time, and community service, or in-school detention might be a better route.
Take a look at the disturbing video and let us know how you think officials should handle situations like these.
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