Cedar Hill, TX – A video recorded in a Texas classroom shows a student assaulting a teacher and violently throwing papers and because the teacher took the student’s cell phone away (video below.)
The teacher’s response was to give the cell phone back to the student and not to react to the attack, according to WFAA-TV.
Cedar Hill High School physics teacher Bobby Soehnge is being celebrated for not escalating the situation.
Chris Hunt, a parent of a student at the school district, posted the video of Soehnge being attacked on Facebook on May 8. It has received 1.2 million views and was shared 14,879 times as of May 12.
“Wow this happened at my daughters school today?? This is sad,” Hunt’s Facebook post read. “Father’s We Gotta Raise These Young Men Better, But I commend the teacher because he handled it & he’s a better man than me!!”
Hunt and his daughter showed support for the teacher. They brought several gift bags with T-shirts and a gift card for Soehnge.
“It broke my heart a little bit, to be honest,” Hunt told WFAA. “I just want to let him know I appreciate him for how he handled that.”
Soehnge said that his priority was not making the student’s tantrum any worse.
“The important thing was to not add any energy into the dynamic that would make the situation more complicated,” Soehnge said, according to WFAA.
The student was disciplined for his conduct but the high school principal said the story has a good ending.
Principal Michael McDonald said the teacher and the student met after class and talked and hugged. The student and his mother then apologized for the incident, according to the school district.
You can see the video of the incident below: