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VIDEO: Teacher accused of forcefully removing student from class

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Teacher arrested for throwing student out of class. (CNN Newsource)

A teacher in north Florida is accused of forcefully removing a student from class, and it's all caught on camera.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office arrested 47-year-old Jeffrey Paffumi on a charge of battery.

Investigators said he grabbed a 14-year-old student out of his chair at Buddy Taylor Middle School on Tuesday, carried him to the hallway and pushed him.

The student told his parents what happened, who then reported it to school leaders.

"I was infuriated as a parent," said Keiondrae Woodside, the student's father in an interview with CNN affiliate WESH-TV. "You send your child to school and you expect them to go get a safe sound education. That video sent me over the edge."

The arrest report, according to WESH-TV, showed it all began over music. The student was playing it in class when the teacher asked him to turn it down. The student refused. As the teacher took away the computer, the student hurled a racial slur at the teacher. The boy told investigators that's when Paffumi put him in a choke hold and dragged him out of the classroom, shoving him out the door.

"As a teacher you have to control your temper even when students test you,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. "This is an unfortunate incident involving a teacher and a student. My daughter is a school teacher and I know from her how misbehaved some students can be but as a teacher you must deal with it appropriately. Corporal punishment like the old days is not allowed today."

Paffumi is on leave from the classroom, pending the investigation. He has prior arrests for criminal mischief and battery in 2012.


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