Over $100,000 has been raised in support of a California teacher who reportedly responded to a student who called him a racial slur by repeatedly punching the teen last Friday.
Students who attend the school told KTLA that the altercation took place after Riley, a music teacher, asked the boy to leave his classroom because he wasn’t wearing the school’s uniform.
A cellphone video reportedly captured by a fellow student appears to show the teen refusing the order, before he throws a basketball at Riley, who is black. He can then be heard replying to the teacher, “Why you wisecracking my n****?”
Riley then appeared to call for assistance from school officials, the Sacramento Bee reported. He then allegedly began pummeling the teen. The student is seen returning some of the blows before the teacher strikes him again. The boy was then thrown to the ground before a reported staff member intervened. However, the attack on the student continued.
Riley was subsequently arrested on child abuse charges the same day. He was released on a $50,000 bond Saturday, according to KNBC.
The student was reportedly taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
A GoFundMe crowdfunding account created on the teacher’s behalf raised more than $137,000 at the time of publishing.
“He is going to need all the help he can get,” reads a message on the fundraising page. “Be mindful that the school district is looking at dismissing him and I would not doubt if the student’s parents are looking into pressing criminal charges. I am sure Mr. Riley will need money to pay any fines, fees and lawyers.”
Riley thanked supporters for their donations via a Youtube video, and confirmed the account to be authentic.
[Feature photo: Marston Riley/Youtube screengrab]