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A substitute teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina was fired last week after video surfaced that shows him body-slamming one of his students.
The video, which was reportedly taken on Wednesday, shows a confrontation between 49-year-old Paul Stennett, a substitute teacher at Western Guilford Middle School, and 12-year-old student Jose Escudero.
Escudero told Fox 8 that the incident was preceded by a disagreement over a box of Valentine's Day chocolates that he'd brought to class that day, explaining that Stennett confiscated the candy and placed it in the sink; when Escudero went to retrieve the chocolates at the end of class, Stennett tried to stop him, attempting to grab the box away from Escudero and then grabbing him by the front of his shirt. Stennett then allegedly pinned the child against the wall before throwing him over his shoulder and slamming him onto the ground.
The short clip was shared on Facebook on Friday by Escudero's mother, Mayo Corrales, who says her son was suspended for seven days due to the incident.
"I'm asking for justice," she wrote.
The altercation reportedly left Escudero with bruises on his elbow, shoulder, and back. He and his family are planning to take legal action against the school and the teacher, Newsweek reports.
Tina Firesheets, a spokesperson for the Guilford County Schools district, told Fox 8 that Stennett is no longer working for the district.
"This kind of behavior toward a student is disturbing and unacceptable," Nora Carr, chief of staff at Guilford County Schools, told Fox 8. "We reported the behavior to law enforcement and will no longer employ this person as a substitute teacher or in any other GCS position."