A middle school teacher in Auburn, Washington has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly shoving a student, The News Tribune reports.
Video taken by another student on Friday shows an unidentified male teacher at Sequoyah Middle School having a tense interaction with a student, later identified as 13-year-old Jueliyan Williams. After the teacher grabs Williams by the shoulders and pushes him towards the door, Williams can be seen falling to the floor.
Williams later told KIRO 7 that the tussle started because of confusion concerning his class schedule for the new year; Williams says that after the teacher told him to move into another classroom for a history class, he took his phone away from him so forcefully that the case broke. When he returned to the teacher's room between classes to ask for his phone back, the teacher reportedly refused to return it.
Tremond Williams, Jueliyan's father, says that the school never contacted him about the incident; he found out about it after seeing a video of the altercation on social media and recognizing his son, KIRO reports. He then went to the school to check on Jueliyan and later called 911, after learning that no one else had. Williams' next move was to take his son to the hospital, where he says the teen showed possible symptoms of a concussion in addition to the injured fingers he sustained after being pushed to the ground.
Federal Way School District spokeswoman Kassie Swenson said in a statement to The News Tribune that the district is currently investigating the situation; in the interim, the teacher involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave.
"As this type of conduct is not consistent with our standards of maintaining a safe environment for staff and scholars, we immediately engaged in a full and complete investigation," Swenson said. "This matter is taken seriously and we have been cooperating with local law enforcement and value the collaboration with the families involved."