OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – A new video showing a teacher and student scuffling inside an Oakland classroom is just one example of the safety issues teachers face at the school, according to educators.
The minute-long cellphone video, which Oakland Unified School District said was recorded just before winter break, shows a male substitute teacher attempting to eject a female 8th grader from a classroom at Alliance Academy on 98th Avenue.
The recording, which was made by another student and contains repeated explicit language, then shows the situation escalating into a punching and kicking fight at the door of the room. The teacher then retreats inside and picks up a desk and thrusts it at the child.
During the exchange, the teacher can be heard saying “Get your butt out of here” then “Get the F— out of my face” and later “you don’t hit a teacher.”
Eventually, other students intervene and are able to calm the situation.
The substitute was not disciplined as a result of the fight. The student is no longer attending Alliance Academy.
The video surfaced just hours after teachers at the school held a demonstration to raise awareness about safety concerns.
Teachers told the Contra Costa Times that students have been seen drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in class, and that several racially-motivated fights have taken place in recent weeks.
“They shouldn’t have to worry about being safe. I had a student in my class last period crying scared. You should never feel that at school,” said teacher Kashmir Hyder said Wednesday.
According to the Times, the school has only two security officers monitoring it and the adjoining Elmhurst Community Prep School campus.
A district official told KPIX 5 that one of the six youths arrested for the attempted carjacking and killing of off-duty paramedic Quinn Boyer was a student at the school.
The school previously received a $3 million federal School Improvement Grant, but teachers complain that they still lack the basic equipment to quickly report incidents on campus.
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