Authorities are investigating an alleged incident of “physical abuse” involving a male teacher and a male student at Lynwood High School.
“Special Victims Bureau (detectives) are investigating an alleged physical abuse incident that reportedly occurred Oct. 10 … at approximately 9 a.m. in a Lynwood High School classroom,” according to a sheriff’s statement. “The alleged incident involved a 53-year-old male teacher and a 15-year-old male student.”
The teacher, whose name was not released, has been placed on administrative leave, according to the sheriff’s department, which reported the investigation is “still in the preliminary stages.”
“The sheriff’s department is in possession of a video of the incident, but we are requesting any additional video footage be provided to Special Victims Bureau,” the sheriff’s statement says.
KTLA5 broadcast video, apparently taken by a student that day, that showed a teacher restraining a student who apparently had been involved in a “verbal altercation” with a classmate. The video showed the pair standing up in a classroom, with the man’s arm around the teen’s neck.
The Lynwood Unified School District released a statement that said, in part: “The teacher remains on administrative leave while the district works closely with law enforcement to assist in their thorough investigation. Lynwood Unified School District does not condone physical violence in any form and takes this matter very seriously.”
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call sheriff’s Lt. Richard Ruiz of the Special Victims Bureau at 562-946-7919.
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