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PUBLISHED: 17:25 EST, 27 June 2012 | UPDATED: 17:25 EST, 27 June 2012
A teacher has been caught on tape slamming a student half his size into a table during a school melee – and it was all caught on tape – and now the boy’s mother wants an explanation.
Kristoff John, a former student at the George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, New York, said that he was late to class on March 6.
In the video, Kristoff can be seen talking to Stephan Hudson, a shop teacher and security dean at the school.
Blocked: The trouble started when Kristoff John was grabbed by Stephan Hudson as he tried to enter his school without using his security card, which he claimed wasn’t working
Violence: As Kristoff took a swipe at Hudson, he threw the teen toward a table
Kristoff told the New York Daily News that his school security card did not work when he tried to swipe it that morning.
So when he tried to walk through the school entrance anyway, Hudson can be seen angrily grabbing the teen and yanking him back by his arm.
The boy’s mother reacted with a combination of shock, emotion and rage when she was shown the video by the Daily News.
‘They lied to me!’ Diane John cried. ‘No one wants to see their son taken advantage of and beaten like this.’
Mother: Diane John, seen holding a photo of her son Kristoff, said she sent him to Granada to live with her sister after he complained of relentless bullying after the incident
Altercation: Another adult watches as Hudson struggles with the teen
Struggle: Hudson later told Kristoff’s mother that her son had started the fight
While restrained, Kristoff takes a swipe at Hudson, which the teacher dodges before slamming the boy into a table.
Kristoff told the paper: ‘I was fearing for my life,’ he said. ‘I was surprised he hit me. I didn’t have time to think.’
As the teen continues to struggle, Hudson wrestles him to the ground and holds him there as other teachers can be seen trying to intervene.
Pinned: At one point, Hudson can be seen trying to restrain Kristoff as he struggles
No comment: Neither Stephan Hudson, left, nor school principal Janine Kieran, right, have commented on the case
A school security officer makes her way over to restrain Kristoff, who responds by struggling out her grip.
It took three female officers to finally restrain and cuff the teen.
Senior Arleth Morfe, who saw the whole altercation, told the Daily News: ‘Mr Hudson should’ve let him go. It looked like Kristoff was having a panic attack.’
That afternoon, Hudson called the boy’s mother to tell her that he had been attacked by her son, but that they could resolve the dispute with a handshake.
Brawl: Kristoff said he injured his back in the scuffle with the much larger Hudson
When Kristoff got home with a sore back, he told his mother that he did nothing to set the teacher off, saying the video would back up his story.
Diane John contacted school principal Janine Kieran to obtain the footage, and was told that the school would ‘look into it.’
‘They didn’t tell me anything else,’ Diane John said.
Battle: Other people can be seen trying to intervene as as the teen continues to struggle against Hudson
Kieran would not respond to any calls for comment from the Daily News.
Miss John told the paper that she sent her son to Grenada to live with her sister when he complained to her that he was bullied after the incident.
Now that she has seen the video, she wants the school to fire Hudson, who’s been a teacher since 1990 and makes nearly $100,000, according to the paper.
Broken up: It took three female school security officers to restrain Kristoff as other students watched
No pictures: Hudson can be seen putting his hand over his face as he ushers another student away
Despite being approached by the Daily News at the school’s graduation ceremony and at his home in New Jersey, Hudson would not comment.
In a statement to MailOnline, the New York City Department of Education said:’The Chancellor was disturbed by the video footage and believed the disciplinary action given to [Hudson] was inadequate.’
The statement added that the department would be moving forward with 3020-a proceedings, which are arbitration hearings against tenured teachers.
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