FIRST ON FOX: Video shows substitute teacher using belt to discipline students

Many parents are defending the teacher on social media, as FOX 5's Jennifer Davis reports.

Prince George's County Public Schools officials are responding to new video that shows a substitute teacher using a belt on students in a classroom.

The grandmother of one of the children in the class told FOX 5 it happened last Friday at Gwynn Park Middle School in Brandywine.

The school district is not providing the teacher's name. In the video, he has what appears to be a belt in his hand and is hitting students on the floor.

It is not clear if they were roughhousing and he was trying to break it up or if they were trying to hide from the teacher.

Either way, Prince George's County Public Schools is not making excuses and say the substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline the students.

In a statement, school officials say the teacher has been removed from the classroom and law enforcement is now involved. The statement says:

"On Friday, May 15, a substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline students while in one of our classes at Gwynn Park Middle School. The substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom and the matter has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Prince George's County Public Schools does not condone this type of behavior and it is not representative of the level of professionalism and respectful conduct of the team at the school. PGCPS works to create a respectful and safe environment for all students and staff."



 

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