A teacher and a staff member brawled with each other in front of students at a Georgia middle school, according to video footage of the incident.
The brawl took place Friday at Stone Mountain Middle School, where middle school students screamed as they saw their teacher duke it out with a staff member, WREG reported.
The video shows the two women throwing punches at each other and pulling each other’s hair in the front of a classroom while students looked on in horror.
Eventually, another adult intervened to break up the fight.
“They looked like boxers in there. That’s how many blows they was throwing,” said Julia Berry, whose daughter witnessed the fight in the classroom. “Letting them know it’s okay to fight if you can’t deal with a problem. This is how you deal with it, you punch the teacher in the face?”
Students said school officials entered the classroom after the fight was stopped to make students delete all evidence of the fight from their cell phones.
Despite this claim, a student was able to save cell phone footage of the incident, which made its way to news outlets.
The Dekalb County School District said it had no knowledge of staff searching students’ phones for evidence.
The communications director for the school district released a statement saying that the staff members involved were removed from the classroom.
Berry said there was no letter when the incident first took place. After the incident received media attention, the school district sent out a letter to parents.
“Safety and security procedures are in place to help maintain a safe campus. Anyone who created an unsafe learning environment for our students will receive swift disciplinary actions,” the letter read in part.
Teachers have made the news for all the wrong reasons during the past few days. An Alabama middle school teacher was arrested Monday after she allegedly had sex with a high school senior a month after she divorced her husband. Additionally, a Florida chemistry teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly engaging in sex acts with a 17-year-old student in her car.