A pair of videos showing a teacher physically abusing a special needs students has been making waves on social media.
In the video footage, recorded in the gymnasium at Greenville High School in Mississippi, the teacher is seen grabbing the student by her hair and pulling her across the floor. In the second video clip, the teacher hits the student in the face with an unidentified object.
The student being harmed can be heard in the footage screaming as the teacher continues to rough her up and commands her to “stop” from moving. Other students in the bleachers can also be heard in the background complaining about the teacher and how she was handling the special needs student.
Since the videos went viral, Greenville High School Principal Xavier M. Hodo has released a statement saying the Facebook videos are currently under investigation.
“We are well aware of the situation. We are taking all proactive approaches to ensure this is handled in an appropriate manner,” he said. “We all have high expectations for all our staff members. Anything that falls short of that is unacceptable.”
Mayor Errick D. Simmons also issued a statement on Friday.
“The issue was one that raised concerns about staff professionalism and the safety and treatment of our students. As a parent of a student who attends Greenville High, I am deeply concerned, like many of you,” Simmons said.
“Rest assured that all impacted individuals are aware of this situation and the school district has already begun to take appropriate actions to continue its efforts to guarantee the safety, protection and integrity of our educational environment. I appreciate the swell of interest, concern and dialogue among the community that continues to indicate the support and zeal for our students.”
Greenville Police have also confirmed they are investigating the matter.
Greenville High School is a predominately black school in Greenville, Mississippi.