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CALCASIEU PARISH, La. (CBS Houston) – A parent is still in shock after her son’s teacher was caught on cell phone video bullying him in front of the entire class.

Brigette Harris has a difficult time getting a video of her son’s teacher screaming at him in front of classmates at W.W. Lewis Middle School out of her head.

“The things he yelled and screamed at my son, just inches away from his head, picking up and slamming the desk. My son’s back is against the wall. It’s just horrible,” Harris told KPLC.

A student captured the incident on her camera phone.

“You’re one of the worst students I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Robert Vizena, a French teacher at W.W. Lewis Middle School, screamed at Harris’ son.

Harris claims that her son is not a trouble maker and that the 13-year-old asked the teacher to go to the office to sign up his girlfriend for the winter dance.

“And the teacher just snapped,” Harris said.

Harris wasn’t made aware of the incident until her son inquired with her to see if the principal had called her and she told him no.  Her son explained what occurred and she waited to hear from the school.

“I finally got the video 10 days after it actually happened and when I saw it I immediately went up to the school,” she said.

The principal said that the school was handling the situation since the video had gone viral.

“He said there were certain steps they were going to take to ensure this wouldn’t go on. One of the things was an apology letter,” Harris said.

The concerned mother said that she only received a letter from the school last week, nearly two months after the incident.

KPLC received a statement from the teacher stating that “the incident in the video was a rare moment of frustration for me…” and that he also “apologized to the student and the entire class” adding that he is “participating in anger management counseling.”

Harris’ son switched to another French teacher at the school, but the mother said Vizena is the only one who teaches 8th grade French and that she’s worried her son will have him next year.

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