What happens when a teacher finally stands up to a disruptive and defiant student? They get the consequences. That’s what happened here when a student decided to call a teacher the ‘N word’ during a heated confrontation.
EWLETT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A shouting match was caught on camera between a teacher and a student on Long Island, and the teacher has found himself suspended from the classroom.
But on Tuesday, some students rallied to support physical education teacher Chris Passuello, and said he was just doing his job.
A heated exchange between Passuello and a student was recorded in gym class at Hewlett High School. It happened after the student apparently refused to put down his phone.
“You don’t listen to anyone! I am respectfully asking you to put your phone down! You don’t! I’m respectfully asking you to stop talking! You don’t!” Passuello says in the video as he raises his voice at the student. “You just don’t stop!”
…Tensions escalate after the student uses the N word.
“You’re calling me a n****r?” the coach says. “Get out of the class!”
The three-minute exchange, with thousands of online views, prompted the suspension of the teacher, fondly called Coach Paz.
On Tuesday, students rallied to get Passuello his job back, holding signs and chanting, “Free Coach Paz!”
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According to the video, the student has also been suspended.