Teacher In Hot Water After Video Shows Him Dragging a Student Into a Pool (VIDEO)

In shocking video footage that would give any parent chills, a P.E. teacher looks to be dragging a 14-year-old girl in a swimsuit into a pool. The Stockton, California physical education teacher is currently facing a charge of corporal injury to a child for the incident.


Denny Peterson has been employed by the school district for more than 10 years, and was put on paid leave after the 95-second video emerged, in which he appears to be dragging the teen toward the pool at Edison High School. A classmate captured the scene, which took place last August.

Take a look and decide if you think this is appropriate behavior for a grown man to take against a 14-year-old girl.

Attorney Gilbert Somera is representing the girl and her family, and said, "Regardless of her participation (in the class) it should disgust you how this man put his hands on a 14-year-old girl. She said multiple times, 'my top is falling down.'"

The child apparently had gotten her hair done that morning for an event that evening, and didn't want the style to be ruined. That's obviously not a legitimate excuse to get out of participating in class, but Somera pointed out that the teacher could have punished her academically instead of physically.

"No means no and stop means stop. This isn't a situation where she's attacking a teacher and he's defending himself. When a woman or a 14-year-old girl says no, it means no," Somera said.

Although Peterson was put on paid leave for a month following the incident, he was reportedly reinstated at another Stockton school. When informed by the local news station that he was facing a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a child, the district placed him on leave again.

It's absolutely horrifying as a parent to know there are people in the education system who would use force as a means of discipline. Kids are going to do dumb things, like get their hair done before swimming class for a later event. But that doesn't give anyone the right to manhandle them like this.

The school district's response wasn't very encouraging either. Having this man reinstated before this case is settled is unnerving, and the only statement they've released doesn't make me feel any better. "SUSD has taken appropriate action in this case. The teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave per district policy," was the official response.

Would you be horrified if this were your daughter?


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