Teacher Who Whooped Student Has Over $150k Donated To Him So Far And Growing

Marston Riley, a 64-year-old music teacher, has over $159k in a GoFundMe account after fight with a 14-year-old student.

Maywood, CA – A 64-year-old music teacher who hit a 14-year-old student has a GoFundMe page that has raised $159,000 as of Wednesday night, far above its $50,000 goal.

Marston Riley was arrested Nov. 2 on charges of child abuse and causing great bodily injury on a child after the brawl was captured on video at Maywood Academy High School.

However, after seeing the video of the incident, many believe that the student had it coming.

The teacher has been suspended without pay until further notice, according to KCAL.

His was set at $50,000, which was quickly raised on the crowdfunding site. He has since been released on bail.

The GoFundMe page was started by Cecilia Jimenez, according to the Sacramento Bee. Jimenez said she worked for four years at the high school where the fight occurred.

“Be mindful that the school district is looking at dismissing him and I would not doubt if the student’s parents are looking into pressing criminal charges,” Jimenez posted on the GoFundMe page, according to the Sacramento Bee. “I am sure Mr. Riley will need money to pay any fines, fees and lawyers.”

The GoFundMe page has a short message from the teacher on it that was posted on YouTube.

“I want to thank you for supporting me, you are a blessing, thank you,” Riley said on the video.

In the aftermath of the fight, one student who spoke to the TV station anonymously said he thought the teacher was set up by other students.

"Everything was planned out," the student said, according to KTLA. "There were students there who were already taking out their phones to record the incident. I don't think it's completely fair that they're just putting the blame all on (Riley), when I personally know that he's a good guy."

Another student who was not identified by KTLA spoke in defense of the teacher.

"I had this teacher before and I had no problem with him," that student told KTLA. "He was a really nice teacher, I always respected him. He always had a really good relationship with every student."

Not everyone was as supportive of the teacher.

“That’s really disrespectful. It’s a teacher, so that’s not OK, you know,” Maywood resident Jenni Chavez told KCAL. “But however, it’s still not OK for the teacher to have punched a student either.”

The Maywood Academy Faculty released a statement, according to KCAL.

“Many Americans saw for the first time the deterioration of respect for teachers,” the faculty association stated, according to KCAL. “… We have created an environment where disrespect, bullying and intolerance can thrive.”

Supporters of the teacher have asked for criminal charges to be pressed against the 14-year-old student.

In an video, the 14-year-old student called Riley a “b---h” and said, “You ain’t gonna do s—t” and added, “you a ho a-s b—ch.”

Riley paused and then threw the first punch which stunned the student. Riley’s third punch connected and the student fell to the ground.

When the student got up, Riley continued with the attack and chased the 14-year-old who was back peddling.

When Riley cornered the student against a wall, the 14-year-old ducked and grabbed the teacher’s leg. So Riley began pounding the student in the head with what appeared to be his cell phone about a dozen times.

Classmates screamed and recorded as the two fought.

Eventually, some of the students tried to step in and end the fight. But after the teacher and student were separated, Riley continued after the 14-year-old.

The teacher and student exchanged punches again and another student held back the 14-year-old by the door while the teacher backed off.

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cherry55
cherry55

Going now to contribute to the go fund me. Teachers put up with way too much sh&t anymore and parents do NOTHING about it. In fact, it seems like they encourage it.

paducah blue
paducah blue

I feel really bad for this gentleman. He tried to keep his cool but in the end he lost his temper and it is going to cost him. You know this street wise kid and his parents are out for monetary gain and knew exactly how to get it. It is a shame. Things need to change, but unfortunately we all know what the outcome will be. The law will side with the boy. This man's life will be ruined because of this incident and a precedent will be set for future hoodlum's like this one to do the same thing again.. very sad.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The kids should not run tbe schools. This little bastard should be charged. Not the teacher.

NomonK
NomonK

I'm glad his GoFundMe is doing good. We all know how expensive lawyers are. If he loses his job his income will stop. Please keep giving.

Rayb
Rayb

Too bad the schools don’t stand by their teachers...this pos kid should not get the upper hand.. hope he doesn’t lose his job..but probably will since he’s in California..

Colombiano
Colombiano

If I was the parent of that little bastard, I would be going to jail for with the exact charges the professor got

fatdad
fatdad

2018 Teacher of the Year. When will parents learn it's their job to raise your kid not the Teacher. There was a punk involved here and it wasn't the Teacher.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THE LITTLE BLACK BASTARD GOT WHAT HE DESERVED, THEY ARE NOT TAUGHT ANY RESPECT FOR ANYONE IN THEIR DAMN HOMES AND THAT IS WHY SO MANY DO NOT OBEY THE POLICE AND GET SHOT. THEIR MAMA WHO DOES NOT EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY ARE MOST OF THE TIME. WHO KNOWS WHO THEIR DADDY IS, THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Sickofitall said: THE LITTLE BLACK BASTARD GOT WHAT HE DESERVED, THEY ARE NOT TAUGHT ANY RESPECT FOR ANYONE IN THEIR DAMN HOMES.

Hello SOIA, I agree ...To explain the root causes....the likelihood is that black children are not taught much of anything in their homes..and then who would actually teach them ? Amazingly, the 2018 current percent of out of wedlock childbirth in the black home is 72%. Stats show the typical black mother became pregnant at a young age and did not pursue a meaningful level of education and resulting employment and is now the sole parental figure. Those irresponsible Black males are typically now MIA after the pregnancy and resort to a lifestyle which will ultimately find them in jail or dead in due time. The remaining mother may have compounded the issues with alcohol, drug use, violence, and an inability to cope on a daily basis due to her own lower employment level, or actual unemployment. These problems are cyclical and the end result is what we then observe currently "running amok" on our streets. There is very little to almost no actual parental supervision. The child then becomes increasingly truant from school and ultimately drops out of school at an early age. Generation after generation repeats itself and contributes to these issues getting worse. These issues have progressed to chronic levels but it wasn't always the case. For example in the 1960's the out of wedlock child birthrate in the black community: "In 1965, 24 percent of black infants were born to single mothers. By 1990 the rates had risen to 64 percent for black infants." Again ,today it is 72%. In the 2018 post Obama era we now have the lowest unemployment in our nation's history for blacks (and Hispanics). Despite the overall lowest unemployment levels there remains a high percentage of blacks who cannot or will not find employment. A suggested solution has been a return to a US Government policy of "work for welfare" forcing the recipients back to work and gainful employment before receiving welfare / food stamps. There may also be a need for imposing time limitations for those who receive the benefits. This may also diminish those women who continually give birth to even more black children and then have the US Government system supplement them while they are still unemployed. Ultimately, the cycle needs to be broken and it will not be broken by those in the black community unless more stringent measures are imposed upon them. To those black men and women who have not followed this path you are truly commended and have found a way. Unfortunately almost nothing is being heard outside the black community that this is being discussed ,addressed and reversed. If nothing is even being discussed then how can it be fixed? All of the above contributes to why we are observing these same scenarios repeated again and again throughout our country.

PS-I am glad Marston Riley, the music teacher, received some GoFundMe $$ to ease his suffering and maybe help him start a new path. He deserves it as he was one of the good ones trying to make a positive difference.

CraxyD
CraxyD

That Wall-to-Wall Counseling was not in proper accordance with FM 22-102.