Woodgrove HS Teacher Suspended After Physical Altercation with Student

A Woodgrove High School teacher was placed on administrative leave after cellphone video circulating the internet showed him in a physical altercation with a student during class on Monday.

Principal Sam Shipp said in a statement that the incident is under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the confrontation.

“School administration is aware of this situation and is taking appropriate action. Because this may involve student discipline and personnel actions, I cannot give further details. I can tell you that other students in the classroom at the time of the incident were not injured,” Shipp said in his email to parents.

A student recorded the video in which two people can be heard yelling, although they are not visible. Then a student is seen approaching the teacher at his desk. He then tries to grab a laptop, which the teacher holds on to. The teacher appears to shove the student onto a desk. The student then punched the teacher several times. The video ends as the violence between the student and teacher seems to stop.

Shipp advised that students may reach out to the school’s unified mental health team if they are in need of support.

4 thoughts on “Woodgrove HS Teacher Suspended After Physical Altercation with Student

  • 2021-09-30 at 9:41 am
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    This incident is very sad. I pray that both individuals are OK. I understand the teacher is beloved by many. The student appears to be quite distraught. I’m not excusing the actions of either individual. Something so unseemly should never take place in a classroom. I just hope justice prevails & that this, too, shall pass. LCPS doesn’t need another cause celebre. It needs all hands on deck to ensure every student gets a quality education.

  • 2021-09-30 at 4:58 pm
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    This is a toxic combination of Tik Tok videos and students who have lived without consequences for a year and a half. If you watch the video, the student who filmed it started the recording BEFORE the incident occurred, which means he or she knew it was coming. The county sent parents an email listing the “challenges” by month the students were planning for in-school shenanigans to be recorded and uploaded. Instead of asking the parents to explain to their children why one shouldn’t participate in and film the inappropriate, planned events, why don’t they simply ban phone use in class rooms?

  • 2021-09-30 at 6:36 pm
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    Provided that the video is authentic, the student should be charged with assault. There have to be consequences for those types of actions. Regardless of what was said in the verbal altercation, there is no excuse for it to escalate to violence. In the video, the student throws several blows. The teacher looks like he’s trying to shield himself. Remember all of the scrutiny that these teachers are under.. Let’s say the teacher said something insulting or inflammatory to the student. I’m certain that the teacher would be walked out of the building that day. I’m glad to hear that LCSO is involved. I hope that the teacher is recovering quickly and is back in class soon.

  • 2021-10-05 at 4:43 pm
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    Behavior modification needs to start when the child is a toddler. Day care and preschool centers need to mandate every parent attend a parenting workshop prior to signing their child on. 123 Magic by Dr. Phelan is a great modification program. When the day care centers have not controlled behaviors they send them to the elementary school where a teacher with little resources or assistance is expected to teach and focus on ill behaviors. There is NO way a teacher can teach and control so many interruptions, violence etc. If your child does not respect the teacher’s request, your child should be suspended each and every time and parents should be held more accountable. If a child continues to exhibit bad behaviors they will move into ODD and eventually ASPD. If a student does not listen the first time to a teacher’s request, the energy needs to be spent towards the students wanting to learn and behave and the principal and assistance principal needs to take swift corrective actions to get it stopped. When you have a teacher that is constantly under duress and stressed with their caseload of students they will break. And parents know this. Get control of your child before you send them to elementary school and stay persistent. Don’t be a reactive parent but a proactive parent.

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