Palm Coast, FL – A Flagler County middle school teacher was arrested on Wednesday after he forcibly removed a student from class and pushed him out into the hallway (video below).
The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. on Jan. 7 during first period at Buddy Taylor Middle School, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
The charging affidavit said that 47-year-old Jeffrey Paffumi told a student to turn off music that he was playing aloud over his computer in the classroom.
When the student failed to heed his instructions, Paffumi went back and turned the music off for him, according to the affidavit.
But then the student turned the music back on when the teacher walked away, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
That happened twice before Paffumi grabbed the student’s computer.
“Put my s--t down cracka,” the student told his teacher, according to the complaint.
“I am not a cracka,” Paffumi replied.
“You is a cracka,” the student insisted, according to The Dayton Beach News-Journal.
That’s when the teacher had had enough, so he reached over and grabbed the student under the arm to pull him out of his chair.
Students in the classroom captured the scene on video as Paffumi lifted the 14-year-old boy in a hold and carried him to the door of the classroom.
Once they got to the doorway, the six-foot-two-inch, 243-pound teacher gave the boy a shove out into the hallway, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
The boy told his parents what happened after school, and the next day they filed a complaint against Paffumi with Flagler County sheriff’s deputies.
The police report said the boy told deputies that his airway was never restricted when the teacher was carrying him, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
It also said the boy had no marks or bruises on him as a result of the incident.
Paffumi was arrested on Jan. 8 and charged with simple battery, the Associated Press reported.
He was booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility and later released on a $500 bond.
“As a teacher you have to control your temper even when students test you,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement posted to the sheriff’s department’s official Facebook page.
“This is an unfortunate incident involving a teacher and a student,” Sheriff Staly continued. “My daughter is a school teacher and I know from her how misbehaved some students can be but as a teacher you must deal with it appropriately. Corporal punishment like the old days is not allowed today.”
Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager quickly announced the Paffumi had been suspended, according to the sheriff’s department.
“The actions of this teacher are not consistent with how we expect our educators to act and behave and it will not be tolerated,” Tager said in a statement. “We immediately removed Mr. Paffumi from the classroom following the incident and placed him on leave pending an investigation. I have stressed to my executive team the importance of handling this investigation with the utmost seriousness it deserves. I also understand a video shows only a portion of a particular incident, so this investigation will encompass the incident in totality and not just what was captured on a camera.”
Watch video of the incident here below: