MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A high school teacher’s aide was arrested at school after he was caught on video viciously attacking a 14-year-old student by repeatedly slamming and choking the child.
The short video shows the 39-year-old aide violently shove a Bay View High School student against a desk before he grabbed the boy by the neck with both hands and slammed him through chairs and desks to the ground. The attack occurred around 11 a.m. Wednesday, and it was recorded by students and shared to Fox 6’s Facebook page within an hour.
The teacher’s aide yelled profanities at the student throughout the attack, which was recorded and posted to Facebook by Mouke Bando.
“What the (expletive) did I tell you, (expletive) (expletive)?” said the aide, who has not been identified by news media, police or the school system.
School security eventually broke up the fight and the student was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, WISN reports.
“MPS finds this incident deeply disturbing. As soon as the school administration was notified of the incident, the Milwaukee Police Department was contacted and the staff member was removed from the classroom,” Milwaukee Public Schools spokesman Tony Tagliavia told Fox 6.
“We are cooperating with (the Milwaukee Police Department),” he said. “This staff member – who is a paraprofessional (teacher aide) – faces disciplinary action, including termination.”
The unidentified man was arrested for child abuse and is expected to face criminal charges.
Students who witnessed the attack said it was “unreal.”
“I was just watching it like ‘this is unreal. I can’t believe this,’” Jacquan-Anthony Wilder said.
Classmate Angel Quiles said “the student was cussing at him and everything and he was like ‘come on – let’s go in the hallway.’”
“They kept on arguing and getting into each other’s faces,” Wilder said.
“First he pushed him, then he slammed him on the floor and was holding him down,” Quiles added.
Like Tagliavia, Congresswoman Gwen Moore was also “deeply disturbed” by the video and issued a statement about what happened.
“As a parent and grandparent, I was deeply disturbed by a video that recently emerged of a student allegedly being assaulted by a teacher’s aide at Bay View High School. Luckily, the student only sustained minor injuries, but that doesn’t change the severity or magnitude of this incident,” the statement read.
“Many of our city’s youth find themselves facing a host of obstacles when it comes to their education. Some go to schools that are in dire need of repair,” she continued. “Others are dependent on their schools as the only source of nutritious and balanced meals, but violence at the hands of an adult staff member should never be one of those obstacles. I consider such conduct as blatantly inexcusable.”
Commenters online expressed mixed reactions about the attack, and many actually defended the teacher’s aide.
“Sad to say I’m not upset with the aide. I’m sure that kid disrespected that teacher on a level he shouldn’t. I don’t think I could work in a school now a days,” Becky Powell posted to Facebook. “That kid probably deserved it, just sucks the teachers aide is going to get in trouble for it. These kids are out of hand. I know from experience from working at an MPS k-8 schools for years and seeing the abuse the teachers and aides receive.”
“This is a child. PERIOD. Everyone is responsible for their actions so this “adult” is responsible for his. Suspend the student, Kick the kid out, give him detention. DON’T put your hands on him! In most cases where an grown a** man man-handles a kid or woman … he can’t handle a real man,” Jamie Brown countered. “This is appalling and sad.”
“The teacher should get a reward and raise,” Toni Tippin posted. “Most punks mouth off, harass other students and teachers, then get away with it. I do not believe for one second, the teacher’s aide knocked the boy down for the joy of it. Parents…teach your children respect.”
“People are ridiculous. We don’t know what the kid said or did, but self control needs to be exercised at all times. This is your JOB. When you punch out, you are off duty and you go home,” Tiffany Sartin wrote. “Some kid flipping off at the mouth to get attention isn’t worth getting arrested for child abuse. Isn’t worth getting fired and losing your income. Adult vs child. We are assumed to know better and do better because we’re ADULTS. But sadly everyone doesn’t operate in logic.”