Supporters Raise $90,000 For Teacher Who Fought Student After Racial Abuse – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

There’s a good chance you’ve probably seen the viral video from last Friday of a teacher attacking a student after the teen called him the n-word repeatedly and threw a basketball at him. Marston Riley, 64, a teacher at Maywood Academy High School in the Los Angeles area. was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau is currently investigating the incident. According to The Root, supporters of Riley managed to raise over $90,000 for him.

According to students in the classroom at the time, the incident took place when Riley told the student calmly to leave the classroom because he wasn’t wearing the proper uniform. At this point, the student called Riley names, cursed at him, and threw a basketball at him. After asking the student calmly to leave again, Riley suddenly starts punching him, as can be seen in the video. Another school employee comes to break the two up, and with the help of other people, the fight is stopped.

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Riley was held at the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station until he posted a $50,000 bond on Saturday morning. The Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement that they found the incident to be extremely disturbing.

“We take this matter very seriously and do not condone violence or intolerance of any kind,” the district statement said. “Los Angeles Unified is cooperating with law enforcement in investigating this incident.” Riley has plenty of supporters though, including people in the community and other students. One parent told CBS News that she would “have done the exact same thing.”

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“Us parents have to learn how to teach our children to respect teachers and older people,” she said.

Maywood Academy faculty released a statement that said in part “Many Americans saw for the first time the deterioration of respect for teachers…We have created an environment where disrespect, bullying and intolerance can thrive.” The faculty is currently asking the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office not to press charges against Riley, and a GoFundMe made by a local resident brought together $90,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

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