Merely a week into the school year, one 16-year-old student at a high school in Milwaukee has already had enough of his teacher.
Cell phone video released by TMJ4 depicts the teacher and student engaging in a verbal argument before the student hauls off and punches the teacher repeatedly. The video is quite disturbing, as the student charges from a few feet away and strikes the teacher in the face as many as five times, even executing several blows while the teacher was on the ground.
“That scares me. Oh, my god, that really scares me,” said Niki Gerth, who has a freshman daughter at South Division High School.
Gerth and her husband, Jerry, weren’t made aware that the incident had occurred until TMJ4 showed them the video.
“It makes me mad,” said Jerry Gerth.
The teacher who was attacked is reportedly well-known around the school, working as an aide and giving extra help to struggling students.
“He is kind of like [a] helper,” said Gustavo Miramontes, 17. “He mostly just, like … if a kid has a question, he will help them out if they are struggling or something.”
The student was arrested on campus grounds; Milwaukee Public Schools have refrained from comment pending an investigation.
Many parents are anguished that the incident occurred, especially so soon after the start of the school year. “Somebody didn’t teach your child enough respect, to say don’t swing at a teacher. You don’t swing at an adult. You don’t disrespect adults,” Jerry said.
Police say the case against the teen should be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office soon for possible charges of battery to a school district official.
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