A teacher and a paraprofessional at Stone Mountain Middle School in Tucker, Georgia, about 20 miles outside of Atlanta, were caught on video Friday fighting with each other in front of a classroom full of students, reports the Washington Post.
The two adults can be seen in a 24-second clip punching each other and throwing each other to the ground while students scream and yell “stop!” in the background. Another adult eventually attempts to intervene and break up the fight.
Madison Hall told WSB-TV2 that she was stunned to learn that the fight involved teachers, not students.
“I really couldn’t believe it. Like I thought it was kids fighting and then found out it was teachers. It was just bad.”
Officials with the Dekalb County School district have not released the names of the teachers but did release a statement about the teachers’ status at the school.
“Those staff members that participated in the conduct have been removed from the learning environment. The interaction and conduct in the video is completely unacceptable and contrary to our district’s tenets and core principles.”
Both women were arrested Friday and charged with disorderly conduct in a public space. They have not been fired as the school is a public entity and is required by law to let the teachers keep their jobs while an investigation is being carried out.
The school sent a letter home to parents about the incident on May 23, and parents are outraged that the women still have jobs at the school.
Students said that schools officials came into the classroom following the fight and went through student’s cell phones, demanding that any video of the fight be deleted.
“Nobody apologized they just came in and were like who videotaped this and stuff like that. I think they were trying to push it under the rug so nobody would know about it and the school’s reputation wouldn’t be messed up.”
The school district denied any knowledge of staff confiscating and going through student’s cell phones.
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