Teacher suspended after throwing water on hugging couple - WKRN News 2

Teacher suspended after throwing water on hugging couple

The mother of one of the teens involved in the incident, Maggie Tiefenthal, said she is furious. The mother of one of the teens involved in the incident, Maggie Tiefenthal, said she is furious.

A Nashville teacher is on administrative leave with pay Thursday while the school system investigates allegations that he threw a bucket of water on two students at John Overton High School.

The teacher admitted the act on his Facebook page, writing, "[I] got in trouble at school today.  [I] threw a bucket of water on two kids humping in the hallway of the high school where I plan to send my oldest daughter next year.  It seemed to work and they stopped.  Keep me in your prayers peeps."

The mother of one of the teens involved, Maggie Tiefenthal, told Nashville's News 2 Investigates she is furious.

She said her 16-year-old son and his 17-year-old girlfriend weren't doing anything inappropriate, they were hugging, and what the teacher did is inexcusable.

"I was very upset [and] her parents were very upset," Tiefenthal said.

She said her son is a good student and his girlfriend a good kid.

The incident occurred last Wednesday and Tiefenthal said she found out what happened from her son, not the school.

Tiefenthal said the teacher could've told her son and his girlfriend to move on to class or to break it up, but throwing a bucket of water on them was the wrong response.

"They are not dogs.  That is what you do to dogs and they are not animals," she said, adding, "[My son] was embarrassed.  He was upset.  He was raging.  He was very angry."

The school suspended the teacher immediately and Tiefenthal said she feels school officials handled the incident appropriately.

She said in a conversation over the phone, the principal was very supportive and understanding.

"School officials told us and her parents they cannot discuss the case with us, but we told them we want something done," Tiefenthal said.  "He, the teacher, needs help.  If he has problems he needs help."

Tiefenthal said there is a video of the incident, but she has not seen it.

"The administrator said based on the video, the kids did nothing inappropriate.  Nothing. Miss Morton, the assistant principal, she saw it. Yes, they all saw the video," she said.

Tiefenthal said the teacher's posts to Facebook and the subsequent wave of condemnation against the parents and the kids is the most damaging.

"What I want to say is, I am an educated person, what you did is wrong, but worse, you put it on Facebook and made fun of two teenagers.  Do you have any idea what you could have provoked?  You could have provoked bad things. They get upset with other students.  Kids are cruel. [They] make fun of each other.  I'd ask myself, ‘What would you do if it happened to your daughter?  Would you laugh and put it on Facebook?'"
She continued, "And to all the people who made the comments, ignorance is what makes this world bad.  I don't know what to say. You are adults [and] the posts… I pray for you, you need to ask yourself, pray for yourself."

In an official statement, school district spokesperson Olivia Brown said, "This teacher is a good teacher in good standing, there are no concerns in the past, apparently he did this while at school and he is on administrative leave, the matter is being investigated by employee relations."

Through Facebook, Nashville's News 2 Investigates communicated with the teacher, who is currently out of state.

He was asked for his side of the story however he has yet to provide Nashville's News 2 with a statement. 

Nashville's News 2 Investigates requested video of the incident but school officials declined to release it.

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