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    Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    An 18-year-old Santa Monica High School student who authorities say tangled with his science teacher in a classroom last week pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple misdemeanor charges.
    Blair Moore was arraigned on a variety of charges related to the classroom altercation, including two counts of threatening a public school official, one count of possession of a box cutter on school grounds and one count of possessing marijuana on school grounds, Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Moroso said in a statement.
    The student was also charged with a single count of “force or violence against a school employee in retaliation for an act performed in the course of his or her duties,” police said.
    “Moore was released on his own recognizance … with an order not to harass, strike, threaten or assault the victims named in the case,” Moroso said. Moore is due back in court April 22 for a pretrial hearing.
    The incident took place Friday in a Santa Monica High School classroom, according to a statement sent to parents, students and staff by the district superintendent.
    A cellphone video of the incident shows the teacher, Mark Black, wrestling with an unidentified student, grabbing him by the thigh before crashing into desks and eventually pinning the student to the floor.
    District school board member Oscar de la Torre said that the incident arose from a conflict over drug use. In letters to school officials and in television news interviews, parents and students made similar statements.Hours after the incident, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Supt. Sandra Lyon released a statement calling the video clips shot on cellphones “utterly alarming” and the teacher’s use of physical restraint “unacceptable."
    The superintendent said she placed the teacher on leave and pledged support to the student’s family.
    But Lyon’s comments raised the anger of parents, some of whom fiercely defended Black and praised him for intervening. The superintendent later apologized.
    Thousands of people liked a “We Support Coach Black of Samohi” Facebook page and signed a Change.org petition calling for Black's reinstatement.
    Daniel Jacobs, 32, a 1999 Santa Monica High School graduate, said he was so upset by Lyon's initial statement that he started his own Change.org petition, which asks Lyon to apologize.
    Jacobs said that when he saw the video, his reaction was that it captured Black "trying to neutralize a threat."
    Jacobs said that whenever he returns to Santa Monica, he makes a point of visiting Black. "I've never met a better or more kindhearted man in my life."



    Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher - latimes.com


    So a school coach/science teacher catches an 18 year old with a knife (box cutter) and drugs. There is scuffle. For this...

    The superintendent suspends the teacher and apologizes to the 18 year old's parents promising to support the parents against the teacher.

    Anyone else see something wrong with this picture?

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    Re: Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    Another school official too paranoid about getting sued to act sane.

    (the superintendent, I mean, not the teacher)
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    Re: Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    This does sound very wrong, in defense of the teacher who seemed he was doing the right thing (and i do believe he was doing the right thing, and i trust he was defending himself). But also I read a comment in the article that stated: "I'm afraid the mob is getting restless, ready to lynch the boy.". Which i dont think anyone is going to actually lynch the kid, but saying that he shouldnt have his day in court or whatever for fair justice, etc. If anyone knows where im coming from???


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    Re: Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    It might seem sad, but it might have been better for teachers to just call in the police.

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    Re: Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    It might seem sad, but it might have been better for teachers to just call in the police.
    Or, just ignore the issue altogether. Its none of his business what that student was doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Or, just ignore the issue altogether. Its none of his business what that student was doing.
    Is that how you read it?

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    Re: Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Is that how you read it?
    Yea, how dare he use his size and adult experience on a child. He should be fired.

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    Re: Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    A hundred bucks says this kid doesn't have a daddy.


    And this, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with America.

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    Re: Student pleads not guilty in fight with Santa Monica teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Yea, how dare he use his size and adult experience on a child. He should be fired.
    Nah, use the kid's knife on him.

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