California Teacher Caught On Video Repeatedly Punching 14-Year-Old Student During Classroom Altercation

A teacher from Maywood Academy High School in Los Angeles, California, is in deep trouble after video captured on Friday, November 2, shows him coming to blows with a student over a disagreement over the dress code.

The music teacher, identified as Marston Riley, 64, is shown arguing with a 14-year-old boy at the front of the classroom. When the student hurls insults and racial slurs, Riley throws a punch and continues to beat the student.

Riley continued to beat the student in front of a class full of students even as a security officer entered the room to try and stop the conflict. At one point, he repeatedly smashed what appears to be his phone into the 14-year-old’s head while holding him so he couldn’t get away. The security officer made attempts to separate the two, but Riley continued to pursue the boy.

Riley was arrested and has been charged with child abuse, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, though he was released on bond this past Saturday, November 3. The unnamed 14-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital, treated for “moderate injuries,” and later released.

On Twitter, many stand behind Riley, saying his beating of the 14-year-old student was justified:

Others, however, seemed to agree that Riley should be charged with major criminal offenses, no matter what the student had done.

The Los Angeles Unified School District released a statement, saying:

“We are extremely disturbed by the reports of the events that occurred at Maywood Academy High School. We take this matter very seriously and do not condone violence or intolerance of any kind. Los Angeles Unified is cooperating with law enforcement in investigating this incident. Crisis counselors and additional School Police patrols will be at the school on Monday to support our students and staff.”

Riley’s arraignment is scheduled for November 30, at which point he will be formally charged and expected to enter a plea. It seems unlikely, given the video evidence now widely available on the internet, he will deny the claims against him.

H/T – YouTube, CNN