July 3rd, 2012
02:28 PM ET

Video captures teacher pummeling student

by John Martin, CNN

(CNN) – Brooklyn teacher and security dean Stephan Hudson faces possible dismissal after a security tape shows Hudson grabbing and punching a 15-year-old student repeatedly. According to the New York Daily News, the incident occurred on March 6 at Brooklyn's George Westinghouse Technical Education High School.

Principal Janine Kieran issued Hudson a disciplinary letter for his permanent file.

After watching the footage recently, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he was "disturbed" by what he saw. In a statement given to CNN, Walcott says that the New York City Department of Education will begin the process of terminating the accused teacher, Hudson. Principal Kieran's role in the matter will also be investigated, according to the schools spokeswoman.

The boy's mother says that Hudson told her that her son started the scuffle. Three months later, she saw the incident on a tape supplied by the Daily News and is now considering a lawsuit against the school system. The boy's mother told the Daily News, "I’d love to hear [Hudson’s] side of the story for real, and not some bogus lies."

CNN left messages for Hudson, but he has not responded yet. The Daily News says that the principal, Kieran, refused requests for an interview.

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  1. Amy Snelson

    As a retired teacher I have had first hand experience with students whose belligerence and inappropriate behavior is condoned by school administrators who care more about keeping "appearances" then they do about protecting the educational rights of non-violent st udents whose education is continually disrupted by unruly students. What do you do when you have rules but no support system to enforce them?

    July 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  2. ANoymus

    from a song

    ...can't be leave a word of the evening news...

    July 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  3. Ty

    It appears that the teen swings at the teacher, and the teacher attempted to restrain the student. At no point, did I see the teacher swing at the student.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • RUKIDDING

      Not only does he swing at the teacher but also the female Resource Officer.

      Kids now days are not taught how to respect authority!

      July 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Conrad Shull

    As usual, the "News" shows us an edited version of events so as to help create a story that fits their preferred narrative of the world.

    July 5, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  5. sugar

    @ Susan: The monetary rewards are rarely actually paid. They are established as earmarks and dictated as a means of establishing the severity of the "crime" on a civil level. IF she wins she may see a few hundred thousand of the money but the bulk is usually remanded to the state to cover costs, ect.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  6. Susan

    Mom is suing for 5.5 Million? Really? Yeah, the teacher was wrong but I doubt it's worth that much.

    July 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  7. Taggs

    why are we only seeing edited clips and not the whole unedited version. From what I see, the youth initiates the trouble and is lashing out at the person in charge. The whole incident appears to be a legitimate attempt to restrain an out of control, violent youth. There is no need to discipiline the teacher/security – they are just trying to do their job and the youth is triggering the need for restraint.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Antonio

      I must ask what video were you looking at because I saw a child pull back from the direction he was going in then toss around like a rag I saw no attempt or a fight been put up by the child, but here is a question what would you have done if it was your child been treated so.

      July 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • Curt

        I disagree. At :52 is a clear swing by the student.

        July 5, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • MVF41

      I agree -

      July 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm |