Atlanta, GA – A Georgia high school teacher was viciously beaten by a ninth-grade student when he tried to stop the teen from brawling with a peer (video below).
The incident occurred at Frederic Douglass High School on Monday, WSB reported.
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) said that the student barged into the teacher’s classroom and confronted another student, resulting in a physical altercation between the two teens, according to WTSP.
When the teacher tried to break up the brawl, the student who initiated the confrontation then turned on him instead.
Cell phone footage showed the teen as he stood over the teacher and repeatedly punched him in the face.
The teacher, who was knocked to the ground during the attack, held up his arms in an effort to protect his head from the merciless blows.
Just before the clip ended, another individual grabbed onto the teen and tackled him to the ground.
“He grabbed me! He grabbed me!” the teen yelled as others pinned him to the floor.
An APS police officer responded to the classroom and placed the student under arrest, but the Fulton County Juvenile Detention Center refused to take custody of him, WTSP reported.
He was ultimately released to his parent, but still faces an assault charge.
The teacher was transported to Grady Hospital with minor injuries, and has since been released, according to WTSP.
“Safety and security of students and staff is a top priority in APS,” the district told WSB in a statement.
Both teens will also face disciplinary action in accordance with the APS student code of conduct, according to school officials.
You can watch cell phone footage of the brutal attack in the video below: