Philadelphia, PA — A video showing a substitute teacher being knocked out by a student at a Philadelphia high school was posted to Vine. The Bartram High student waited for the 68-year old teacher, identified as Pewu Johnson, grabbing the man and throwing him to the ground. The teacher was rendered unconscious by the assault and had to be treated for a concussion at a local hospital.
The attack was provoked by Johnson asking the student to leave his classroom earlier in the day,according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The boy was allegedly behaving “inappropriately with a female student when Johnson ordered him to leave the class.
District spokesman Fernando Gallard said, “This is a grave concern to us. The student has been suspended. He will be referred for expulsion.
Johnson also indicated that his neck was sore from the incident, and although he is expected to make a full recovery, he was still unsure when he would be able to return to work as a district substitute.
He has worked as a substitute for 14 years. He will press charges against the boy, saying, “There’s a need to press charges. These things need to be discouraged.”
The student has already been suspended and faces expulsion, according to school officials.
Councilman Kenyetta Johnson denounced the violent attack, saying, “No forms of violence, especially against teachers, should be tolerated and so we want to make sure that teachers are safe, all young people are safe and most importantly, that there’s a zero tolerance policy toward any type of violence against any teachers.”