MPS teacher assaulted in viral video speaks out

NOW: MPS teacher assaulted in viral video speaks out

A 16-year-old could face charges after punching a teacher in the head at South Division High School.

That teacher spoke to CBS 58 Wednesday, though he isn’t ready to go on camera. He says has back pain and a possible fracture in his jaw. And he says what happened shows the challenges he and other teachers face every day

The incident was caught on video and is now going viral on social media.

“We offer help with all our heart but there’s an anger that lashes out at those trying to help the most and I don’t understand it,” the teacher tells CBS 58. “I really don’t.”

Lucia Scott, whose granddaughter attends South Division High School, says she hopes the student is expelled.

“ It didn't make any sense at all,” Scott said. “That could have been my granddaughter that he was beating on, but in reality it's wrong for beating on a teacher.”

The video also sparked outrage among elected officials

Alderman Bob Donovan calls the assault “shocking and disgusting.”

And Alderman Terry Witkowski says the incident “should result in nothing less than expulsion and criminal charges.”

Meanwhile the teacher says something needs to be done.

“People at MPS and the school have been great and they’re committed to the students but we need help. We can only open the door. Kids have to walk through it.”

The district attorney’s office says the teen will be referred to juvenile court.

The school district says they are cooperating with police but declined to comment further on the case.

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