May 19, 2015 5:00 pm -


The substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom.

Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools issued a statement that doesn’t name the belt-wielding man, but promises the case has been referred to the police:

“On Friday, May 15, a substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline students while in one of our classes at Gwynn Park Middle School. The substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom and the matter has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Prince George’s County Public Schools does not condone this type of behavior and it is not representative of the level of professionalism and respectful conduct of the team at the school. PGCPS works to create a respectful and safe environment for all students and staff.”



D.B. Hirsch
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20 responses to Substitute Teacher Caught On Video Beating Student With Belt

  1. bobby1122 May 19th, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    4 or 5 boys in all out brawl- teacher with belt stopped fight- watch the video. No 20 cops, No 12 school counselors working 2 years trying to understand the misbehaving brats- fight stopped.

    • Carla Akins May 19th, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      That’s not the way an adult stops a few prepubescent boys from fighting. I’ve seen the video, it’s against the law to strike someone. Period. The only thing this teacher did was show the kids a bigger bully wins.

      • Robert M. Snyder May 19th, 2015 at 10:46 pm

        “That’s not the way an adult stops a few prepubescent boys from fighting.”

        Hypothetically, what if the boy on the bottom were a skinny kid who was being badly beaten by a couple of larger bullies? If that were the case, how should the teacher have rescued the boy? What else would have made them quickly stop?

        • whatthe46 May 19th, 2015 at 11:17 pm

          a grown man would be more intimidating just grabbing them by the back of the neck and “tossing” for lack of a better word, them aside. that i could understand, but not hitting them with a belt.

          • Robert M. Snyder May 19th, 2015 at 11:46 pm

            Several years ago, a female Math teacher at our local school tried to break up a fight between two boys. One of them had a knife which he had already used to slash the other. The Math teacher ended up getting cut by the same knife, so she had to get an AIDS test. My wife is an RN and she has twice experienced needle sticks and AIDS testing. It is definitely a stressful experience. I don’t envy any teacher who finds himself or herself witnessing a fight in which someone is getting hurt. My instinct would be to do as you said – pick up and toss. But there are risks with any type of intervention. A teacher cannot count on anyone videotaping the incident. Bystanders often provide differing accounts. My sister was a teacher but retired at 50 because it was too stressful. I would not jump to conclusions about this teacher’s intentions or character based on a 20-second video clip.

          • thinkingwomanmillstone May 20th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

            okay no conclusions….just an arrest for his actions. He assaulted children with an object. That is illegal. I won’t say a word about his intentions or character…just his video-taped actions. If he had done this on the street, he would already be in jail. It is illegal off of the street as well.

          • Robert M. Snyder May 20th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

            A nation of wussies. If WWII happened again today, we would lose. Just keep babying these kids. No accountability. No consequences. Just indulge them. It makes me want to barf.

          • thinkingwomanmillstone May 20th, 2015 at 10:42 pm

            oh the good old days of beating children. So nostalgic for child abuse. If WW3 happened today, it would be fought by nerds at a computer directing weapons from afar….and then nothingness but a pile of ashes.

          • Robert M. Snyder May 20th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

            You are so naïve. If you baby your kids, they will grow up to be big babies. Kids are much smarter than you think. They know the difference between discipline and abuse. It’s the adults who have difficulty comprehending this simple distinction. My daughter once had a steady relationship with a mommy’s boy. One time when they were riding in his car, he got a flat tire. He called his mom. She drove to their location, jacked up the car, and changed the tire while he watched. He never even offered to help, and she never asked. That’s not the kind of man who wins wars. That’s the kind of wuss that results from unrestrained mothering instincts.

          • thinkingwomanmillstone May 20th, 2015 at 11:14 pm

            You know nothing about me except that I abhor people who think you have to hit kids. I’ll put my grown, very successfully employed, independent, community minded adult progeny against anyone else’s for intelligence, integrity, compassion, confidence and strength. It didn’t come from hitting them. It came from showing them what true strength is and modeling responsible behavior. Whaling on a child is not what a responsible adult does. It’s what an inadequate adult with nothing else but fear to offer does.

          • Robert M. Snyder May 20th, 2015 at 11:24 pm

            I parented in the same way. I could count the spankings on one hand. But we’re not talking about your kids or my kids. We’re talking about kids who are exhibiting violent behavior in a school classroom. These kids probably don’t have responsible parents. My sister taught in an inner city school and it is a very different world. Your squeamishness just doesn’t cut it when you’re dealing with violent kids who have no respect for others or for rules. You wouldn’t last a week.

        • bpollen May 20th, 2015 at 5:01 am

          Hypothetically, I would kick his ass if it were my kid. Hypothetically, I would be up in the School Board’s face. Hypothetically, I would be suing the teacher and the school system for assaulting my child.

          Teachers have NO business hitting kids.

        • Carla Akins May 20th, 2015 at 8:41 am

          If you can’t watch this video and see this man beating these boys and think it’s wrong – nothing I say will make a difference here. I’m not getting into hypothetical situations

          • Robert M. Snyder May 20th, 2015 at 10:33 am

            I develop software for a living. I am trained to consider hypotheticals. I’m not talking about “What if alien space travelers melt the hard drive with a laser gun?”, but plausible things like “What if the software begins saving a file and the power goes off before it has finished?”.

            In order to design good solutions to problems, we NEED to consider hypotheticals. For example, when people say marriage is between a man and a woman, they need to consider intersex babies who are born with ambiguous genitalia. The vast majority of people can be easily classified as male or female, but there are also cases where the parents and the doctors honestly don’t know whether to raise a child as male or female. Many conservatives would say exactly what you said, i.e. “I’m not getting into hypothetical situations.”.

            I think that’s a cop out.

  2. Robert M. Snyder May 19th, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Suppose that one of the boys was a skinny kid who was being attacked by larger bullies. If that were my kid, I would be grateful for a teacher who promptly intervened and stopped the attack.

    • whatthe46 May 19th, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      there aren’t even any details here for you to even make that statement. and no one should ever lay a hand on someone elses child. what if it were your son or daughter that beat him or her with a belt, something you would never do to your own child?

      • Robert M. Snyder May 19th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

        When a sentence starts with the words “Suppose that”, it is generally understood to be a hypothetical. My intention was to provide one possible interpretation. I do have a son. If he had ever bullied and beaten another kid, and a teacher had smacked him with a folded belt to stop the attack, I would have thanked the teacher and further punished my son.

        The mother who smacked her son in Baltimore during the riots was widely praised, including by most who commented on the story here on Liberaland. In that case it was a parent, not a teacher, who struck the child. But in both cases, an adult got a badly misbehaving child’s attention by administering pain without causing physical harm. Sorry, but I don’t see a problem with that.

        One might also conclude that it’s okay for women/mothers to smack kids, but not for men/fathers. I can’t remember ever being spanked by my father, but I got far more spankings from my mother than I got in school. According to a study by the NIH, 55% of American mothers spank while only 43% of fathers do. If you want to make the case that spanking is violence, then this data suggests that women are more violent than men.

        Another study showed the following: About 61 percent of mothers of 3- to 5-year-olds had spanked their child in the past week. Mothers spank children more often than fathers do. African-American parents are more likely than white parents to use corporal punishment.

        I do not dispute the research which finds that corporal punishment increases aggressiveness. But I’m not sure that’s bad. A certain amount of aggressiveness may be healthy. And corporal punishment may have other positive side-effects which have never been studied because the researchers were only looking for negative outcomes.


        • whatthe46 May 19th, 2015 at 10:52 pm

          i’m not against a spanking. and yep, my father never laid a hand on me. my mother, she never spanked me. she beat me. what the mother did to her son during the rioting, i have no problem with. i don’t know how accurate that corporal punishment increases aggressiveness, maybe in some cases i suppose. i was never aggressive because of what my mother did. i have popped my boys on the butt with my hand. and that was probably 3 times in their lives. and i didn’t have to do anything wrong, just around sometimes. so i have a HUGE problem when someone puts their hands on someone elses child. my own mother knew to never cross that line with my boys. i wasn’t a child anymore, my mother or not. never touch my babies.

    • robert May 20th, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      it might be better then sending this kid to the principals office ?

      i had a h.s. teacher who often said if you dont reach the principals office you will be taking ME on the next time you show up in class

  3. Gadea May 20th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Kids can be a handful, if you don’t have the patience stay out of the classroom.
    Hitting children is wrong.