Video footage has been released of a Florida teacher forcibly throwing a student out of his class.
The incident took place on Wednesday of last week at Buddy Taylor Middle School in Palm Coast. There, 47-year-old Jeffrey Paffumi removed a 14-year-old pupil from his chair and pushed him through a doorway and before throwing him down the hallway, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said in a statement as per ABC News.
The footage was captured by another pupil using a cellphone.To see the incident for yourself, check out the video below:
NBC affiliate WESH reported that the pupil began playing music in class, and when he was asked to lower its volume by Paffumi, the 14-year-old refused. In response, the pupil's computer was removed before he was called an offensive name.
Later that evening, the pupil told his parents about the incident, and by Wednesday morning, it had been reported to administrators at the school.This teacher lost their cool after a classroom prank:
The incident was described as "unfortunate" by Sheriff Rick Staly.
"As a teacher, you have to control your temper even when students test you," 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 has now been placed on leave pending an investigation, with Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager saying that his actions were not what the education body expected of its teachers, as per NBC News.
"I have stressed to my executive team the importance of handling this investigation with the utmost seriousness it deserves," Tager said. "I also understand a video shows only a portion of a particular incident, so this investigation will encompass the incident in totality and not just what was captured on a camera."
This is not the first time that the teacher has had a brush with the law. In 2012, he was charged with battery and arrested for criminal mischief in two separate incidents.
According to a sheriff's office spokeswoman, on Thursday morning, Paffumi was released from prison of his own recognizance.