A twelve year-old student at Chester A. Moore Elementary School in Fort Peirce, FL was recently accused of punching a teacher in the face after the teacher attempted to remove the student from her classroom because of disruptive behavior. The teacher has stated that the student became so enraged at being removed from the room that he turned around and hit her in the face with a closed fist.
While cases of battery or domestic violence should be taken seriously, it’s important that the actual facts of the case are taken into account, rather than strong emotions and baseless claims. In some cases, incidents of battery are actually non-violent issues between people that can be resolved privately, without the need for judges and courts. The case of a student punching a teacher might be true, but the facts of what happened before, during, and after the conflict between the student and teacher need to be taken into consideration, and the teacher’s word should not just be taken as the absolute truth without getting the student’s perspective, as well as the accounts of other students and any other adults who might have witnessed the conflict.
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