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Cell phone video captures teacher hitting student

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - A Callaway High School teacher is on administrative leave with pay after a student said she hit him in a classroom full of students last week.

A cell phone camera caught the incident on video.  In the footage, "She actively pursued him in the classroom. Went so far as to raise her hand, swing and miss, and continue to pursue it.  To me that is criminal intent. She meant to do it. She was frustrated and she completely lost control of that situation," explained Rachel Faulkner.

Faulkner said her son was horse playing with another student, but the punishment was over the top.

"Anybody that gets slapped in the head, it is going to sting. But, I think it is pride and it is embarrassment. She did this in front of the entire class," said Faulkner.

Faulkner's son went to the principal's office and reported what happened, but she says no one ever called her.

She found out about the incident after school when her son called. 

The Troup County School System sent WTVM a statement regarding the incident:

"An incident involving a teacher occurred at Callaway High School on
October 27, 2011. Troup County School System and local law enforcement
officials responded to the school to investigate the matter.  School
system and law enforcement officials are concerned that the teacher in
question may have displayed a lack of judgment in managing student
behavior, rather than any criminal intent. The incident is still under
investigation and the teacher has been placed on Administrative Leave
with Pay until due process of law is complete. School officials will
enforce appropriate Troup County School System policies and procedures
to actuate further actions."  

Faulkner told News Leader 9 she was told by the Troup County Sheriff's office that the district Attorney sees no reason to press charges because, like the school system, they believe there was no criminal intent.

"If roles were reversed and it was my son that had slapped her or even another student, he would be out of the school," said Faulkner.

In the school system's handbook, it says a student who causes harm against a teacher will be expelled from Troup County Schools.

This mom just wanted the teacher to be held to the same standards, if not higher.

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