Student punched Mt. Juliet High School teacher, police say - WKRN News 2

Student punched Mt. Juliet High School teacher, police say

MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

Wilson County Sheriff's deputies are investigating reports of a student punching a teacher in the face twice during class.

It happened Friday at Mt. Juliet High School.

Investigators told News 2 the incident started after a 16-year-old threw a cheetoh to another student. Apparently, the teacher was upset and grabbed the bag of chips from the student.

"There are conflicting accounts of what happened, but we've interviewed eight or nine witnesses and there is one consistency: there was an assault. The suspect, the student, admitted to striking the teacher with a closed fist two times and pushed the teacher against the wall and the teacher fell to the ground,” explained Wilson County Sheriff's SRO supervisor Scott Moore.

According to school resource officers investigating the altercation, the teacher fell to his knees after the first punch. The student allegedly punched him a second time as he was getting back up.

Deputies say the teacher was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

"There were no apparent injuries at the scene," Lt. Moore added.

Joe Burns has a freshman daughter at Mt Juliet High School. He said he is disturbed by what happened.

“It's terrible. It's terrible. Kids have no respect for their elders anymore. It's very sad.”

Two students, Annie and Romero, told News 2 they did not witness the fight, but they heard about it.

"Everyone was yelling in the hallways, ‘We want cheetohs!' I think it shouldn't happen, just because he took away a bag of cheetohs a kid shouldn't punch a teacher twice.”

Wilson County Director of Schools Donna Wright said, "Mr. Brown, the principal, did everything accordingly. He took care of the teacher and got the student out with the help of the SROs. We do know there was an altercation between a teacher and a student and it is being fully investigated and the student will be afforded due process. And if the allegations are true, he is facing expulsion for a calendar year. There are no exceptions."

Wright would not release details about the teacher, but deputies say he is a veteran teacher and this was his first week at the school.

The 16-year-old student has been charged with simple assault by the sheriff's department. He is currently suspended.

Deputies said the student has a history of threatening students and staff.


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