BEAUMONT, Texas (CBS Houston) – A middle school teacher was fired after allegedly knocking a young student out cold with a punch to the face in the hallway of the school.
Reginald Wells, a seventh-grader at Willie Ray Smith Middle School, says he was chatting in the hallway with an assistant teacher from math class. Wells cracked a joke about the teacher’s favorite football team and what happened next is still hard for the student to believe.
“All of a sudden he just hit me, in my shoulder,” Wells said in an interview with 12News. “… and I looked at him like, ‘What the heck?'”
The 12-year-old explained that he pushed the teacher’s shoulder and then the teacher blindsided him with a punch to the face that knocked him out.
“The last person’s voice I heard was some girl saying that I should call my mom, and then he like hit me, and I blacked out,” Wells told 12News.
The 4 feet 11 inches tall boy said he woke up a few seconds later in pain.
“The left side of my face was numb… my lip hurt… my head was hurt, like it had been shaken,” Wells explained to the tv-station.
Wells’ mother, Adrianne, was told about what happened by the principal and is deeply hurt by the incident.
“(The principal) said Reginald was punched, in the shoulder, and then hit two times and uppercut, and then slid across the floor,” his mother said. “It weighed heavy on my heart, because I’ve never put my hands on my son.”
The teacher was reportedly fired on the spot and escorted off the campus. But before he left, he said something to the young boy.
“He said, ‘I can’t apologize for what I did, I was just having a bad day and I just snapped,'” Wells stated.
His mother is outraged that the teacher was not arrested for what he did.
“For you to just let a teacher do that to him and just walk off, he’s fired and walks off, I can’t accept that,” Wells’ mother said.
She filed a report with BISD police and wants to press charges against the teacher. However, she says no one with the school district has contacted her since Friday and she is now seeking legal representation, according to News12.
“I’m just not understanding. I know there’s a lot going on with BISD, but first priority is to protect the kids,” she told News12.