Desoto police are investigating after a video surfaced on social media showing an altercation between a student and teacher.
The video was recorded by a student at Desoto high school and it showed a teacher holding a student against a pillar outside the school with his hands around his neck.
Moments later you see the student fall to the ground, get back up and the teacher walking away towards the parking lot.
The teacher has since been placed on leave.
It is still unclear what led up to the altercation. Desoto ISD and police are investigating the incident.
Desoto ISD released a statement saying:
The District is aware of the incident involving a staff member and a student which was recorded and published on social media. Promptly upon becoming aware of this incident, the District took the necessary steps required in accordance with Board policy. Concurrently, an investigation has been initiated, in cooperation with the DeSoto Police Department.
In accordance with Board policy and legal requirements, the District is conducting its own comprehensive investigation into this matter. Our primary focus remains the welfare and safety of our students, and we are committed to taking appropriate measures based on the findings of our investigation. Due to the nature of this being a personnel issue, the District is not at liberty to disclose further details regarding individual personnel matters. We assure our community that we are dedicated to maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all students.”