Washington state teacher caught on camera shoving student
(CNN/KIRO) – A teacher near Seattle is on administrative leave after an incident involving a student.
Cellphone video of the encounter appears to show the teacher pushing the student. Other students recorded the incident at Sequoyah Middle School and posted it on social media on Friday. That's where Tremond Williams saw it was his 13-year-old son, Jueliyan Williams, begin shoved, KIRO reported.
"My heart's racing, you know, I don't know if he's hurt. I see another video and he's straight laying on the ground not moving at all," Tremond said. "I was in shock, I didn't know what to think."
Jueliyan said the incident began because of confusion over the new semester class schedule. A teacher told him to move to a different classroom and took his cell phone. It was when Jueliyan went to get his phone he says the situation escalated.
"I was asking for my phone and he was 'like I’ll break your phone' and I was like 'ok, do it, but I’m going to call my dad.' He was like, 'do I need to use physical force with you?'" Jueliyan told KIRO. "And I was like 'do it' and then grabbed me like this and he was pushing me back towards the door. He threw me out like that and I hit the wall with the side of my head right here. I fell down again and hit my head."
A student recorded this video of Jueliyan on the floor. "First, it was all black. All I could do was hear what people were saying," Jueliyan said.
When Tremond Williams got to the school, he called the police because the school hadn't. According to KIRO, the teacher was still teaching.
"He abused my son and it's not okay," Tremond said. Now he wants the teacher disciplined.
The school says it took the "appropriate measures and acted immediately with the safety of our staff and students in mind" after being notified of the incident. It also says the matter is under investigation.
Information for this article was provided by the CNN Wire and KIRO.