BARN TABLE, MASS. (WHDH) – A Cape Cod teacher has been put on leave after “physically intervening” in an incident involving students Thursday morning, officials said.
The alleged incident took place in a classroom at Barnstable High School around 8:15 a.m., according to Schools Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown.
“A Barnstable High School teacher inappropriately intervened physically in a two-student affair,” Mayo-Brown said in a statement. “The teacher has demonstrated actions contrary to the values and expectations of Barnstable Public Schools and has been placed on administrative leave.”
A shocking video of the altercation was shared on social media and shows the teacher throwing the student headfirst into a filing cabinet. The student can be heard screaming in pain.
“The teacher caught up to him and he grabbed him viciously and like, pulled him and he went stealing in the filing cabinet,” said Caleb Jones, who witnessed the incident firsthand.
Jones said two of his friends were having fun with leaders during the art class.
“They were having fun until one hit the other too hard and then he got into something else,” he said.
He said the fight escalated dramatically when the teacher intervened.
“The teacher really ran after and tried to stop it, but it didn’t work out,” Jones explained.
Jones said his friend was left on the ground in pain.
“He was just sitting there. He just let him sit there, ”he said. “He got up and he was really hurt. He cried at his desk for a good 10 minutes until we decided to take him out.
It was the student’s friends who finally escorted him to the nurse.
“The professor was walking around like everything was fine,” Jones said.
Mayo-Brown noted that the incident is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken based on the school district’s findings.
“We want our BHS community to know that we take this issue very seriously and that the health and safety of our students remains our top priority,” said Mayo-Brown.
Barnstable Police are participating in the investigation.
“I think it was terrible. It wasn’t good at all, ”Jones said. “I don’t like to see teachers doing this to my friends.”
The teacher’s name has not been made public.
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