A Maryland county school system has removed a substitute teacher who was filmed hitting middle-schoolers with a belt last week.
Prince George's County Public Schools issued a statement Tuesday saying that law enforcement is now involved after the unidentified teacher was recorded swinging a belt at students at Gwynn Park Middle School in Brandywine, My Fox DC reports. Maryland does not permit corporal punishment in schools.
The video, posted on YouTube and elsewhere, shows the teacher walking toward and swinging a large belt at a group of boys in a pile on the classroom floor. Gawker points out that some have suggested the teacher was trying to break up a fight, but the school district did not address his motive in its statement.
That statement reads:
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.
It's not yet known whether the teacher will face charges, according to The Associated Press.