The 64-year old teacher is getting a whole lot of support — financial and otherwise.
Marston Riley is respected by both teachers and students at Maywood Academy High School in Los Angeles.
The confrontation between Marston Riley and the student occurred at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Maywood Academy High School at 6125 Pine Ave., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The school is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Video showed Riley slugging it out with the student as other students and a woman wearing a yellow safety vest try to intervene. Some students could be seen recording the fight on their cellphones.
At the time of the report, a substantial number of students were in support of Riley despite the big ol’ can of whup-ass that he opened up on the student.
That hasn’t changed. If anything, Riley has more support now than he did when the story broke.
A GoFundMe page has been set up and has raised more than $91,000 for Riley’s bail and legal fees associated with the incident. The initial goal was set at $50,000 to cover the cost of Riley’s bail.
Riley has been suspended with pay ‘until further notice’.
The second video of Riley fighting with a different student last year was dismissed by students when questioned about it. One student said that Riley had not been the aggressor but had been ‘jumped’ by several students and he had to physically defend himself.
Students, parents, and teachers seem to be united in their support for Mr. Riley. The faculty has made a clear request to the Los Angeles District Attorney that no charges be laid against Riley in their statement which laments the deterioration of respect for teachers, ‘We have created an environment where disrespect, bullying, and intolerance can thrive.’
While support is firmly behind Mr. Riley, an investigation continues.
The LAUSD released the following statement Saturday:
“We are extremely disturbed by the reports of the events that occurred at Maywood Academy High School. We take this matter very seriously and do not condone violence or intolerance of any kind. Los Angeles Unified is cooperating with law enforcement in investigating this incident.”
District Superintendent Austin Beutner was on hand to meet with the school’s principal, teachers, counselors and parents Monday morning “to offer his full support to the school community during this challenging time,” the district’s Shannon Haber said.
Source: KCAL 9
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Look at that, even kids recognize a lack of respect when they see it.
It looks like there is hope for the next generation after all.
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