Teacher, student scuffle caught on camera at local high school

Teacher, student scuffle caught on camera

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's an exclusive video that we know will have you talking. A former CMS teacher sent it to NBC Charlotte angry because of what happened and how it was handled.

It is probably not what you'd expect on the first day back at school, cell phone video that shows a senior and his homeroom teacher at East Mecklenburg High School getting into an altercation last Monday.

The student violated the dress code by wearing a hat – the teacher flips it off, the student gets right up on him and appears to swat away the teachers glasses.

Reporter Michelle Boudin asked several NBC Charlotte viewers their opinion of the video: What bothers you more the student or the teacher?

"Truthfully both but the student is a child the teacher is an adult so they should be able to contain their anger," one viewer said.

Another woman told us, "The student should have more respect for the teacher and receive some punishment."

A former East Meck teacher who asked not to be identified actually alerted NBC Charlotte to the video after he heard nothing had been done.

"From what people have told me working there they don't want to complain about stuff because they don't feel like they get support from the administration," he said.

In fact when NBC Charlotte went to CMS, they confirmed they did not file a police report. They wouldn't do an interview with us and instead sent us this email that said, "an incident occurred between a teacher and a student. Upon review of the incident, it was determined that a police report was not necessary. Both the teacher and student have been counseled about how best to handle a situation when one arises. Any disciplinary measures would follow the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Code of Student Conduct."

But sources at the school tell us the student was not suspended and CMS confirms 'counseling' was all the teacher faced.

We want to know what you think – who was wrong here? How should CMS have handled this? Send us your thoughts at newstips@wcnc.com.


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