Christian McKneely said he was messing around in his high school classroom in Houston last week when he told another student: "That's gay."
McKneely's teacher apparently didn't like that.
He said his teacher accused him — and Christians in general — of homophobia, KPRC-TV reported. McKneely added that his teacher punched him in the chest when he was on his cellphone trying to tell his father what had occurred, the station reported.
In addition to last Wednesday's alleged incident, McKneely said the teacher offered students extra credit for going to an anti-Trump demonstration during the presidential campaign, KPRC reported.
"She gave extra credit for anyone who showed up for an anti-Trump rally being held downtown," McKneely said during a Monday press conference outside Sterling High School. "I didn’t go, so I didn’t get extra credit. I don’t know if anybody got it, but that’s what she proposed for extra credit."
The Houston Independent School District told KPRC only that it received reports of possible mistreatment of a student by a teacher at the school.
"We are continuing to work with the teacher and entire staff to ensure students are safe and teaching and learning continue uninterrupted," a district statement said. "The safety of our students is always our absolute top priority."