Substitute teacher accused of assaulting middle school student

Police are investigating a substitute teacher after he was accused of assaulting an eighth grade student.

The student's mother wants the substitute teacher arrested. So far no arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed.

The question remains: did the substitute teacher go too far?

It happened in an 8th grade social studies class, a 13-year-old student and a substitute teacher were involved in a confrontation. The student said something to the teacher and appeared to push or bump him, that is when the teacher took him to the ground. Students recorded the incident on their cell phones.

"I don't care what words come out of a child's mouth, no one should ever put their hands on a child like that," said the boy's mother Esther Delfuente.

She found out her son was taken down by his teacher when she got a call from Bernard Black Elementary. They told her they called police to report the incident.

Delafuente's son did not want to talk on camera, but he did admit he called the teacher a racial slur before the take down.

"He's 13, and 13-year-old kids don't make good decisions sometimes, but an adult that is 6'5", a teacher that is big and stocky standing over a child who is chest bumping him," said Delafuente.

"You don't put your hands on a kid, you're an adult," said Robert Acosta, a concerned parent.

Parents like Acosta agree, he saw the video on Facebook.

"You're a teacher, you're supposed to control, that is your job, you're not supposed to react that way, I just think the teacher went too far," he said.

The Roosevelt School District sent out a statement saying: "We take very seriously the safety and security of our students. We are working and cooperating with the on-going investigation that the Phoenix Police Department is conducting."

Lots of our FOX 10 viewers have commented on our Facebook page. More than 2,000 comments were posted, with most supporting the substitute teacher.

The Roosevelt School District says the substitute teacher has been removed from the school, pending the outcome of the investigation.
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