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DPS teacher accused of assaulting student while attempting to break up fight

Posted: 11:34 PM, Oct 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-10 19:57:37Z

Did a tenth grade teacher go too far to break up a fight at a Detroit Public School?

The mother of a 15-year-old student says yes, and she wants action. 

The confrontation was caught on video inside Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy. 

The incident occurred on Sept. 18. Daischon Bynum says her 15-year-old daughter and another student were arguing when her daughter was allegedly assaulted by the teacher. 

Bynum has since pulled her daughter out of the school. The teacher involved in the incident said he was unable to provide comment, and to talk to school administration. 

Detroit Public Schools has released this statement: 

There was a fight that occurred at the beginning of the school year when several students were arrested for violating the student code of conduct. The fight, under no circumstances, is acceptable to the district and the expectations we have for student conduct. The district reviewed the matter and the evidence indicates the teacher, while at one point being aggressively hit by a student, did try to separate the students although the deliberate pushing back of the student should have been avoided.

DPSCD has a new student code of conduct this year that was developed by students, parents and community members. It includes having students who are suspended serving those suspensions in school where they are in isolated learning areas. This is to reduce the number of out of school suspensions where students are not receiving instruction. That code of conduct can be found here