A Baltimore teacher is on administrative leave and a student is facing charges after a fight inside a school was caught on camera.
Officials said the incident started as a verbal confrontation that turned physical. The question is whether the teacher acted unprofessionally or if she was just overly frustrated with the student, who sources said was the instigator.
In the hallway of Carver Vocational-Technical High School on Friday, a teacher, who can be seen in video in a light-colored shirt talking on her cellphone, charged at a female student. The teacher can be heard saying, “I’ll kill you in here,” along with some expletives. Sources said the teacher can been seen on video using her cellphone to call for assistance with the student prior to the fight.
Someone else also started recording the incident from a different angle, showing the fight continued with the teacher grabbing the student and slamming her into the lockers. It appears the teacher grabbed the student’s hair and didn’t let go.
One parent thought that was a bad idea on the teacher’s part.
“She got a job to do. That’s what she gets paid to do is to teach, not to fight,” said former Carver parent Gloria Talley. “She’s supposed to act professional, not like a student or like a young hopper or something. Carver school is more professional than that. I don’t understand why they got that going on in there.”
But more video appears to show the student as the aggressor. Sources told 11 News that inside the classroom before things spilled out into the hallway, the class was taking a test, and the teacher told the student to get off her phone or she would have to stop the test. Sources said that’s when a verbal altercation began, and then things turned physical. In the video, the student can be seen slinging a sliding chair in the direction of the teacher.
The student then slams an object onto a desk and appears to throw something at the teacher while yelling at her and storming out of the room, the video showed. Sources said one of the objects thrown was a keyboard. When the incident moved into the hallway, more video showed the student hurling a book at the teacher, and that’s when a physical altercation ensued.
At least one Carver student defended the teacher.
“I don’t know. The student shouldn’t have did that, but the teacher wasn’t wrong for hitting her back because it was self-defense,” said the student, who didn’t want to be identified.
But Talley didn’t agree.
“You be the bigger person, and you handle it in a professional way,” she said.
City schools spokeswoman Anne Fullerton sent 11 News a statement, saying, “The teacher was treated for injuries and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of external and internal investigations. The student, a minor, was charged with assault and released to a parent.”
Relatives of the student declined to comment Wednesday, and attempts to reach the teacher were unsuccessful.