Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@bazabazon
This is the moment a teacher brawls with a teenage student in the middle of class in an incident which left him facing the sack sparking outcry from pupils and parents alike.
The incident was filmed by students at School No.15 in the city of Belgorod in the south-western Russian region of Belgorod Oblast and the footage was later shared on social media.
According to local media, computer science teacher Oleg Purghin told off student Maxim K. when he arrived late to class, refused to apologise and answered the teacher back when criticised.
He was asking the teen to leave the class when the pair began brawling.
In the footage, it is unclear who raises their hands first, but the teen suddenly jumps to his feet and kicks the teacher before they scuffle in front of the rest of the class.
Reports said that the teacher was often mocked by the students while Maxim was known for his threatening behaviour and had allegedly told another teacher: “You won’t make it home today.”
Initially, the regional education department vowed to sack the teacher for “unacceptably violating the rules”, but backtracked on the decision when parents, students and netizens supported Purghin.
Parents reportedly even staged a protest outside the school in support of the teacher and the education authority has said they will discipline him instead of sacking him as previously decided.
Meanwhile, the local police are said to be carrying out their own investigation into the incident.
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