Over $90,000 Has Been Raised For a Teacher Who Battered a Student After Being Pushed Over the Limit…
Teachers often have a thankless job, especially nowadays because there’s a limit to how they can assert their authority and control the classroom. If a student acts out, they’re not allowed to physically engage with the student in any way, unless they’re acting in self-defence. Patience and self-control are two key attributes you need to be a successful educator.
We’re all human though, and sometimes we just get pushed over the limit. It happens to everybody, in all walks of life. That doesn’t make it right, but we definitely need to take that into account when we’re judging people for their actions. One teacher in Maywood, California definitely took things too far the other day.
If you’re one of our readers in the US, there’s a good chance that you’ll have seen this footage already, as most of the major news channels were showing it on repeat. However, if you haven’t, you can see it below, in both edited and unedited forms.
Marston Riley is a music teacher at Maywood Academy High School. Allegedly he was trying to write a report card for the student who had not turned up in the appropriate uniform. The student – who is basically a walking virus of a human being – reacts by throwing a basketball at the 64-year-old and by verbally abusing Riley, including repeated use of the ‘N’ word.
Riley really tries not to react. He really does his best to keep it under control, but then suddenly he snaps, and he wades into the student, throwing punches and putting a bad beating on the kid. A security guard rushes in to drag him away, but he’s like an enraged bull and the principle has to come help to stop the situation escalating even further. Even though the kid is clearly a scumbag, we do have to admit he’s tough, because he gets back up and tries to tag the teacher.
Unsurprisingly, Riley was arrested on charges of child abuse following the incident. No matter how angry you are, you just can’t punch out a student. Even if he does deserve it. There’s been a massive public outpouring of support for Riley though, including a GoFundMe page that has raised over $90,000 for the veteran teacher’s legal fees.
There’s even a despicable story going around that this was planned out. Riley has been given huge backing from his own students who have almost unanimously backed him. One student told FOX 40:
“Everything was planned out. There were students there who were already taking out their phones to record the incident. I don’t think it’s completely fair that they’re just putting the blame all on Riley, when I personally know that he’s a good guy.”
It’s really unfortunate for Riley that this has happened. As we said, the man is 64-years-old, with an immaculate record before this. Sometimes we go over the limit. Another student told FOX 40:“
I had this teacher before and I had no problem with him. He was a really nice teacher, I always respected him. He always had a really good relationship with every student.”
Let’s hope that things work out for him and that the student has learnt a lesson he’ll never forget.