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VIDEO: Student assaults teacher at Wooddale High School

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Screen shot from the fight video. (Source: Viewer) Screen shot from the fight video. (Source: Viewer)

A high school student was expelled after video surfaced of him attacking an art teacher.

The fight happened at Wooddale High School on Tuesday.

A student in the classroom when the fight broke out said the 16-year-old student, who has since been expelled, had a habit of showing up late for class. He said the student had also been threatening to beat up the teacher for awhile.

"That's so sad. That's ridiculous that a teacher is being attacked by a student," Wooddale parent Yolanda Gones said.

Gones is just one parent who said things are getting out of control. She said the fight video is just the latest example to prove her point.

Click here to see the fight video.

In the video, a Wooddale High School student throws a teacher to the ground and drags him into the hall. To their credit, two of the student's classmates rush to the teacher's aid and try to pull the attacking student off of the teacher.

"I just think Wooddale school is not safe anymore...not even for the teachers, not even for the students," Gones said.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said the 16-year-old student was taken to juvenile court and charged with assault.

Shelby County Schools said the student has since been expelled.

None of that information comforts Gones.

"They need to put more police security in the school," Gones said. "I believe this school needs to be shutdown."

Another parent, Ruthie Tate, said she couldn't believe the school didn't inform parents of what happened.

"I think every parent should be notified of what's going on out here," Tate said.

She said more security could help calm things at Wooddale, but she thinks the parents also need to take some responsibility for their children's actions.

"I'm concerned about the other kids' safety too," Tate said. "We [parents] need to look into the school more and make sure our kids are protected."

Gones agrees. She said parents are the key to the problem and the solution. 

"How a child acts in school is probably--most likely--coming from their home," Gones said. "Yes, of course, I worry about my daughter's safety. That's why she will not be attending this school next year."

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