- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A substitute teacher in Maryland has been removed from the classroom after a video surfaced showing him striking a group of screaming middle school children with a belt.

The grandmother of a student in the class told a local Fox affiliate that it happened Friday at Gwynn Park Middle School in Prince George’s County.

In the video, the teacher has what appears to be a belt in his hand and is seen whipping the students on the floor at least three times as they try to get away.

It is not clear if they were roughhousing and he was trying to break it up or if they were trying to hide from the teacher, the Fox affiliate reported. The student filming the incident can be heard laughing. 

“Straighten this room up!” the teacher yells before the video ends.

Prince George’s County Public Schools said the substitute teacher, who was not named, used improper actions to discipline the students.

“On Friday, May 15, a substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline students while in one of our classes at Gwynn Park Middle School,” the school said in a statement. “The substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom and the matter has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

“Prince George’s County Public Schools does not condone this type of behavior and it is not representative of the level of professionalism and respectful conduct of the team at the school. PGCPS works to create a respectful and safe environment for all students and staff,” the statement said.

It is unclear if the teacher will face charges.

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