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Middle school substitute teacher video body slam student

A video that shows a substitute teacher body slamming a 12-year-old student in North Carolina on Valentine’s Day has led to the former educator being fired.

The incident involving student Jose Escudero took place at Western Guilford Middle School, located in Greensboro, on Wednesday and was caught on camera by another student in the classroom.

The substitute teacher involved in the altercation was Paul A. Stennett, Tina Firesheets, a media relations representative for Guilford County Schools told DailyMail.com on Monday. 

But Greensboro police told DailyMail.com that the video, which was posted on Friday by the boy’s mother, Heidy Escudeor, ‘does not capture the entire incident’.

The police have not named a suspect and no charges have been filed, at this time.

The boy’s mother, whose Facebook page lists a public name as Mayo Corrales, wrote that she was ‘asking for justice’ after her son was suspended from school for seven days, following the incident

The boy’s mother, whose Facebook page lists a public name as Mayo Corrales, wrote that she was ‘asking for justice’ after her son was suspended from school for seven days, following the incident.

The caption that accompanied her original post was written in Spanish. Facebook translated it to English, as follows: ‘The day February 14, 2018, my son was hit by his substitute in the WESTERN GUILFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL in Greensboro NC. For this fact my son was suspended for 7 days. PLEASE I’M ASKING FOR JUSTICE.’

The family shared their side of the story with Fox 8 News, claiming the altercation began when the former substitute teacher took a box of chocolates from the student and placed them in a sink.

A video shared to social media on Friday shows North Carolina student Jose Escudero, 12, being thrown to the ground by a substitute teacher on Thursday, who the school named as Paul A Stennett

A video shared to social media on Friday shows North Carolina student Jose Escudero, 12, being thrown to the ground by a substitute teacher on Thursday, who the school named as Paul A Stennett

The pre-teen told Fox 8 he waited until near the end of the class period, retrieved the chocolates from the sink and placed them in his backpack. 

The substitute teacher then allegedly tried to grab the chocolates from him and failed, and that’s when things got physical, the student said.

He claimed the teacher grabbed his shirt, forcefully pressed his body against a nearby wall, and lifted him off the ground and over his shoulder before throwing him back to the ground.

The five-second video clip shows the student and the teacher, between a desk and a wall, with a backpack on top of the desk.

The incident took place at Western Guilford Middle School, located in Greensboro

The incident took place at Western Guilford Middle School, located in Greensboro

As the footage begins, the student is already in the air, in the arms of the teacher, so it’s not clear exactly what started the confrontation. 

The teacher’s body rotates away from the camera, and then back towards it, as the student meets the ground, and then is seemingly held there for a moment. 

The teacher had what appeared to be a piece of notebook in his hand, as which becomes apparent as he braces himself on the desk with one hand, with the other appearing to be positioned on or near the student, who is now on the ground but blocked from view behind the desk.

‘This kind of behavior toward a student is disturbing and unacceptable,’ Guilford County School District Chief of Staff Nora Carr told Fox 8.

‘We reported the behavior to law enforcement and will no longer employ this person as a substitute teacher or in any other GCS position.’

Greensboro police told DailyMail.com that the video, which was posted on Friday by the boy's mother, Heidy Escudeor, 'does not capture the entire incident'

Greensboro police told DailyMail.com that the video, which was posted on Friday by the boy’s mother, Heidy Escudeor, ‘does not capture the entire incident’

The police have not named a suspect and no charges have been filed, at this time

The police have not named a suspect and no charges have been filed, at this time

The Escuderos told Fox 8 they plan to pursue legal action against the school and the teacher. 

DailyMail.com was not able to reach either Heidy Escudero, or her son, Jose, for additional comment. 

‘The video does not capture the entire incident,’ Susan Danielsen, Public Information Officer for the Greensboro Police Department told DailyMail.com on Monday.

‘We are still interviewing people so it would be premature to place any charges at this time. At this point, no one has been charged.’

Guilford County Schools told DailyMail.com the teacher in the video was Paul A. Stennett, age 43, who first began his employment with the district on December 19. 

DailyMail.com left a voicemail message at a number we believed to belong to the former substitute teacher, which was not immediately returned. 

DailyMail.com left a voicemail message at a number we believed to belong to the former substitute teacher, which was not immediately returned

DailyMail.com left a voicemail message at a number we believed to belong to the former substitute teacher, which was not immediately returned



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