Teacher placed on paid leave after video shows student slammed to ground

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - A Canton City School District high school teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave after a student sent a video to the Canton Repository showing the teacher slamming a student to the ground.

According to Adrian E. Allison, the school district's superintendent, the incident took place on Dec. 4.

Allison said the man in the video is a high school teacher at McKinley High School.

In the video, it appears that the teacher approached the student, who then tried to swat the teacher's hand away.

The teacher wrapped his arm around the student's neck and threw him to the ground.

In a statement to Cleveland 19 News, Superintendent Allison said:

"The teacher is entitled to and will receive due process. However, the district will exercise all of its legal authority to ensure that he faces the most severe discipline possible."

Allison said teacher's behavior in the video is "disturbing and unprofessional."

The teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

Back in 2015 the teacher's teaching license was suspended for 60 days in 2012 after he was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

The teacher involved in the incident told Cleveland 19 he could not comment on the situation during the investigation.

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