A North Carolina substitute teacher captured on video picking up a 12-year-old student and slamming him down onto a classroom floor on Valentine’s Day has been fired.
Paul Stennett, 49, allegedly body slammed Jose Escudero after the boy tried to retrieve candy that the teacher had confiscated.
According to Fox8, the incident is said to have taken place at the Western Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, and was captured on camera by a fellow student.
The boy told Fox8 news that the teacher took away his Valentine’s Day candy and placed them in a sink. After class, Escudero took the chocolates and put them in his backpack, but the teacher tried to grab them from him.
Jose told Fox that when the substitute teacher couldn’t grab them from him, he then grabbed Jose by his shirt, pinned him up against the wall and then flipped him over his shoulder to the ground.
Jose showed FOX8 bruises on his body that resulted from the incident.
A video of the altercation, which begins while Jose is already in the air, was posted on Friday by the boy’s mother, Heidy Escudero, with an annotation “asking for justice.” The woman also wrote that after the incident, her son was hit with a seven-day suspension.
“This kind of behavior toward a student is disturbing and unacceptable,” Guilford County Schools’ Chief of Staff Nora Carr told Fox8 in a statement.
“We reported the behavior to law enforcement and will no longer employ this person as a substitute teacher or in any other GCS position,” Carr said.
It is reported that Escudero and his mother plan to take legal action against both the school and Stennett, according to Fox8.
The Greensboro Police Department told the Daily Mail that the video posted to Facebook “does not capture the entire incident,” and officials “are still interviewing people so it would be premature to place any charges at this time.”