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A substitute teacher at a middle school in Prince Georges County, Maryland is being investigated on charges of disciplining students with a belt last week, according to Washington D.C.’s Fox 5.

In the video, the unnamed male teacher can be seen hoisting a belt and thrusting it down forcefully toward the floor at what appears to be a student, who looks to be scampering away.

From Fox 5:

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

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.

The school district issued a statement condemning the teacher’s actions, saying he has been removed from the classroom and law enforcement is now investigating the incident.

“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.”

While it’s unclear what is happening in the video, we’re glad the school district brought in law enforcement to investigate.



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