DONATIONS POUR IN FOR TEACHER WHO BEAT STUDENT AFTER SLUR
A RACIAL taunt turned a California classroom into the site of a brawl between two unlikely participants last week: a 64-year-old music teacher and a 14-year-old student. Days later, thousands of supporters have flooded a GoFundMe account, raising more than US$135,000.
The altercation began at Maywood Academy High School in Maywood, Calif., when Marston Riley asked a male student, who was improperly dressed and in violation of the school uniform rules, to leave the room, the
reported. A cellphone video shows the teenager refusing, then throwing a basketball at the teacher, who is black, and saying, “Why you wisecracking, my n-----?”
The also reported that Riley appeared to call for backup from school authorities.
Riley then let loose on the boy, reportedly pummelling him repeatedly. Some students looked on or jumped in to break up the fight. Others pulled out smartphones and recorded the brawl.
The student was taken to a hospital. Riley was arrested on child-abuse charges by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s special victims bureau Friday.