A Pennsylvania middle school teacher trying to break up an after-school fight apparently slugged one of the brawling students, disturbing video shows.
The all-out melee involving an unidentified male teacher at Middletown Area Middle School and two students remained under investigation Tuesday after police received a complaint from one of the pint-sized pugilists, Lower Swatara Township Police Chief Jeffrey Vargo told The Post.
No charges have been filed, but detectives are reviewing the footage that was posted to social media sites like Snapchat after the fight on Friday.
Vargo said the teacher – clad in a red hat in the footage — and two students involved in the violent scuffle are cooperating with police. A decision on whether to file charges in consultation with prosecutors should be made within days, he said.
District officials, meanwhile, did not identify the school employee, but confirmed that the man seen on the video is a teacher, according to a statement to The Patriot-News.
The teacher was assigned to bus duty at the time and may have “interceded in an inappropriate manner” while breaking up the skirmish. He has since been placed on paid administrative leave as the police investigation continues, district officials said.
The troubling footage was recorded on the same day that a high school teacher in Maryland went ballistic and attacked a student who bumped into her in a classroom, setting off a fight that was captured on cellphone video, police and school officials said.
Vivian Noirie, 36, was arrested Friday after the assault at Largo High School on an unidentified 17-year-old student who was upset that the teacher contacted her parents the night before, police said.
One week earlier, a high school teacher in Texas was also caught on camera viciously attacking a special-needs student at Lehman High School in Kyle. Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, was charged with aggravated assault in the Nov. 8 attack, which has left the teen too terrified to return to the classroom, according to a report.
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