Kim Evans, a former teacher at Mount Juliet High School in Mount Juliet, Tenn., has resigned after a video of students playing a dangerous game called "Take It Like A Man" surfaced on the Internet, WSMV-TV reports.
The rules of the game are simple: one student punches another with his full strength as other watch. At least 10 students have been suspended in connection with the game, but not for their participation or for uploading videos to YouTube. Rather, the suspensions are punishments for violating the school's code of conduct.
"The suspensions came because the students were what we would call, using a cell phone unauthorized in a class room," Wilson County School Board member Vikki Adkins told WSMV-TV. "We have a policy for that. Our policy is no cell phones in the classroom."
Adkins also told the station that a few students informed school officials that Evans had been in the classroom at the time of the incident.
According to a report by the Tennessean, at least one student took a hit straight to the face, and the students were instructed to take the video down.
While the game forced her to resign and caused many to criticize her supervising ability, Evans told the paper in a separate report that the incident happened when she was helping a student with schoolwork, and didn't see the offending behavior.
"It's just something that happened in 5 seconds that ruined my career here,” Evans told the paper. “I’ve watched the class that’s going to graduate go from freshmen to seniors, and now I’m not going to be here for the last 12 weeks of their senior year."
When news of her resignation circulated, the Tennessean reports many students took to Twitter in her defense, saying that everyone loved her as a teacher.
This isn't the first bizarre school game to garner national attention lately. First a "slave game," where students pretended to either be slaves or slave catchers at a school in Lilburn, Ga., sparked national outrage -- prompting the school to host diversity training for its teachers.
Then another school in New Ulm, Minn., shocked parents after reports of a playground game called "rape tag" began to surface. According to WCCO-TV, the rules of the game are similar to freeze tag, except to "unfreeze" a player, the students grabbed each's private parts.