A substitute teacher in North Carolina was fired this week after video footage emerged of him apparently slamming a 12-year-old student to the ground.
The incident, which reportedly took place Wednesday at Western Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, was sparked after the teacher apparently took away student Jose Escudero’s Valentine’s Day chocolates.
Escudero told Fox 8 that the teacher took away the candy, and when he tried to retrieve the sweets and put them in his backpack after class, the teacher allegedly tried to stop him.
The teacher, according to Escudero, attempted to grab the box from him, before allegedly grabbing the 12-year-old by the shirt and pinning him against the wall before throwing him over his shoulder and onto the ground.
The substitute teacher was identified as Paul Stennett, 49, according to WXII.
The video circulated Friday when Escudero’s mother posted it to Facebook “asking for justice.” She wrote that Jose was suspended for seven days following the incident.
“This kind of behavior toward a student is disturbing and unacceptable,” Guilford County Schools’ Chief of Staff Nora Carr told Fox 8 in a statement.
“We reported the behavior to law enforcement and will no longer employ this person as a substitute teacher or in any other GCS position,” Carr continued.
Officials told WXII that Stennett, who reportedly owns a daycare center in Henderson, began working for Guilford schools in December.
Escudero and his mother plan to take legal action against both the school and Stennett, according to Fox 8.
The Greensboro Police Department told the Daily Mail that the video posted to Facebook "does not capture the entire incident," and officials "are still interviewing people so it would be premature to place any charges at this time."