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Teacher-Student Brawl Goes Viral


"A teacher should, you know, stand up for himself ..."

A fight between a high school substitute teacher and an unnamed student was caught on a cell phone and posted to Facebook with the title, "BoI only at Palm Beach Lakes smh [shake my head]…":

The incident at the Florida high school took place on November 8, 2012, according to WPTV, but it’s just now going viral.

When asked about the incident, students spoke highly of the substitute teacher who they identify as “Mr. Smith” or “Smitty.”

"It's just like, to see a kid, someone like that step up to someone. First of all you should have respect for that man. I know I would have," Darrel Phillips, a senior at Palm Beach Lakes High in Florida, told WPTV.

Phillips, like his colleagues, believes both parties may be to blame for the incident.

"A teacher should, you know, stand up for himself, but not to go on ahead and you know. I'm speechless right now," he said.

So far, the high school is keeping quiet on the incident, opting only to issue the following comment: "The incident is being investigated, and no report or further comment is available since the investigation remains open."

At this moment, it is unclear what prompted the fight.

According to the WPTV report, the teacher has been terminated and the unnamed student has been expelled:

Shortly after the video was uploaded to Facebook, it was picked up by World Star Hip Hop and has been viewed 962,561 times since being posted last Sunday.

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