Teacher Caught Fighting With Student On Cell Phone Video Reinsta

Teacher Caught Fighting With Student On Cell Phone Video Reinstated

Teacher Caught Fighting With Student On Cell Phone Video Reinstated

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Santa Monica, CA -

Coach Black is back!

It's 3:16pm. Students are flooding out of Santa Monica High School after this first day back to classes after spring break.

Most are glad wrestling coach/science teacher Mark Black has been reinstated. Many followed the Spring Break Drama. April 4th is when the fight happened. It was recorded on a cell phone camera and made its way to the internet and TV. It is a fight that's said to have broken out after 18 year old student Blair Moore allegedly brought marijuana to school and Coach Mark Black tried to confiscate it. Moore pleaded not guilty to two counts of threatening a public school official, possession of a box cutter on school grounds and possession of marijuana.

And, while most of the students and parents I spoke with supported Black, there were some students who sided with the 18 year old student and a 16 year old also implicated in the fight.

One supporting the students was 11th grader Skyler Smith. She told me "to be honest I don't necessarily think he should be back." She added, "I don't think one should be able to come back and the other on have to suffer. He's expelled now and i don't think that's fair."

On the coach's side student Matt Farzam said "In honesty he didn't do much wrong. Parent Miguel Ridriguez told me "I'm glad he's back he deserves to be back. He didn't do anything wrong."

Meanwhile, parent Lynne Affleck said she didn't like the way the Superintendent Sandra Lyon handled the incident from the beginning. Said Lyon, "I think it was a rush to judgement. It was very quick and it wasn't handled well."

As for the coach, students in his classes say he was pretty quiet and low key today. Says Tiffinay Burton of her second period class "He really didn't talk about what happened. And, Ryan Yocum says the coach "was kind of quiet he didn't want to talk about it .. just like move on with it I guess. People circled him but he was like... please don't talk about it."

(FOX 11 / CNS) A Santa Monica High School science teacher who was placed on leave after being caught on video fighting with a student he had

confronted about drugs in class will be back at work today.

Mark Black, who is also the school's wrestling coach, was placed on paid leave after the April 4 confrontation, which led to the arrests of two students. The move sparked outrage among some parents and students who have been rallying in support of Black. A Facebook page created to support the teacher has been "liked'' by more than 23,700 people.

Based on what we have learned, it is appropriate to return Mr. Black from paid administrative leave at this time,'' Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon said on Friday.

District officials said they expect to receive an investigator's report on the fight by the middle of this week. Lyon noted that because the school has been on spring break for two weeks, Black has not missed any time in the classroom. "I want to make it very clear that Mark Black was not fired or suspended from his job; he was simply placed on leave with pay during the investigation,'' Lyon said.

Lyon came under criticism for comments she made in the days after the classroom confrontation, with some saying she had jumped to conclusions about Black's actions, which she called "unacceptable.'' She later apologized and said placing Black on leave was standard procedure.

Members of the district's board echoed that sentiment Friday, saying that placing Black on leave was not a determination he had done anything wrong. Mr. Black is a valued coach and educator and we owed him due process protections while the independent investigation was conducted,'' board Vice President Ralph Mechur said. "We have honored that obligation.'' Two students were arrested in the aftermath of the fight, which was caught on cell phone video.

Blair Moore, 18, was charged with two counts of threatening a public school official, possession of a box cutter on school grounds, possession of marijuana on school grounds and force or violence against a school employee, all misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty and is free on his own recognizance, due back in court Tuesday. A 16-year-old student was also arrested. His name was not released due to his age.

Black can be seen on cellphone video grappling with a student he had apparently confronted about having marijuana. No punches were thrown, but Black can eventually be seen on the video with his arms locked around the student's legs, on the classroom floor. District officials said they plan to undertake a pair of policy reviews in response to the fight and the response to it. A committee of school and district officials will review policies and procedures for dealing with "non-compliant'' students.

Santa Monica High School principal Eva Mayoral will convene a panel including administrators, parents, students and employers to "discuss the issues and assertions that emerged as a result of this incident,'' "It is imperative that this committee addresses these issues thoughtfully, collaboratively and quickly so that we can take some positive steps immediately and factor their suggestions into the next school year at Samohi,'' Mayoral said

"We must engage in a constructive, productive dialogue that will move us forward as a united school community, ensure greater campus safety and assist in maintaining the positive, supportive school culture we so value at Samohi.''

From Sandra Endo:

Beloved Santa Monica science teacher and wrestling coach Mark Black was reinstated and back at school today after being on paid leave since an April 4th incident. He pinned down a student after the 18 year old started an altercation with the teacher and was in the possession of a box cutter and marijuana.

Initially, school superintendent Sandra Lyons issued a statement implicating Black for the tussle but later apologized and said his leave did not indicate blame but was standard procedure. Facebook page created to support Black garnered nearly 24 thousand likes and students today voiced their support for Black.

One student who was on the wrestling team said Mr. Black is the "nicest guy you could ever imagine and he was just trying to do the right thing." Black didn't miss a day of school because of his leave since students were on spring break for two weeks.

As a result of the altercation, 18 year old Blaire Moore was charged with threatening a public school official and possessing a box cutter and drugs on school grounds. Another 16 year old student was also arrested. An investigators report is scheduled to be completed sometime this week.

Beloved Santa Monica science teacher and wrestling coach Mark Black was reinstated and back at school today after being on paid leave since an April 4th incident. He pinned down a student after the 18 year old started an altercation with the teacher and was in the possession of a box cutter and marijuana. Initially, school superintendent Sandra Lyons issued a statement implicating Black for the tussle but later apologized and said his leave did not indicate blame but was standard procedure.

A Facebook page created to support Black garnered nearly 24 thousand likes and students today voiced their support for Black. On student who was on the wrestling team said Mr. Black is the "nicest guy you could ever imagine and he was just trying to do the right thing." Black didn't miss a day of school because of his leave since students were on spring break for two weeks.

As a result of the altercation, 18 year old Blaire Moore was charged with threatening a public school official and possessing a box cutter and drugs on school grounds. Another 16 year old student was also arrested.

An investigators report is scheduled to be completed sometime this week.


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