A Georgia high school teacher was placed on administrative leave over a Facebook video showing him lashing out at a student inside a classroom — and saying he might end up shooting the student in the head.
The student’s mother, April Carr, shared the video last week and called for the teacher’s firing.
“He is talking to my son in this video. I am outraged. . . . I will not stop until he is removed from teaching and held accountable,” Carr said Friday on Facebook.
The video, which appears to have been taken by another student, shows the teacher standing and looking down at the student, presumably Carr’s son, and telling him that he will be in big trouble.
“Don’t smile at me, man. That’s how people like you get shot,” said Paul Hagan, a physics and electronics teacher at Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, about 25 miles southeast of Atlanta.
Then, as he began to walk away from where the student was sitting, he said: “I got a bet. I bet by the time you’re 21, somebody’s going to put a bullet right through your head. Okay? And I might be the one who does it.”
A spokeswoman for Rockdale County Public Schools said Hagan is on leave while school officials investigate the incident. She said Hagan has been working for the school district since 2010 and teaches physics and electronics. The school’s website lists him as the science department chair.
Reached by The Washington Post on Tuesday, a woman who said she is Hagan’s wife said they have no comment.
Carr did not respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post, but she told WSB-TV that the school’s assistant principal called her Thursday to tell her that someone had used inappropriate language with her 17-year-old son. She said her son told her that he and other students were laughing while Hagan was writing an equation on the board. Hagan then began lashing out at Carr’s son. It’s unclear from the video whether the teen responded to his teacher.
“I think it’s a terroristic threat on my son’s life that I definitely don’t take lightly,” Carr told the TV station, adding later: “I want him [Hagan] fired. And I want him fired and I want charges pressed against him.”
She has filed a police report with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, which labeled the incident “miscellaneous.”
Carr said Hagan has apologized to her son.
“He looked into my son’s record and he’s not living up to his fullest potential in his class, and it just made him upset,” she told WSB-TV.
Rockdale Career Academy is one of the school district’s five nontraditional schools.
“By nontraditional, we mean that it is not a home high school for any students,” said Cindy Ball, a spokeswoman for the district. “Students in grades 9-12 from across the district come to this school from their home schools to participate in classes.”
Nontraditional schools and programs are options for students who have difficulty learning in a regular classroom setting and may require alternative teaching methods, according to the Georgia Department of Education website.