Video taken shot inside a classroom in which a 17 year old male studennt got punched in his face by his 64 year old teacher has been made public as the teacher has been cleared of any charges.
An altercation between the two escalated to physical violence after the teacher told the teen to get out her face and he proceeded to scream something into her face so she reacted by swinging. The class was left shocked, as one student can be heard on the video saying: ''Oh my God! He didn't do anything. You can't punch him in the face.''
The teacher,Mrs Hadsock, replies: 'He pushed into me.'
The student is then heard saying: 'I didn't touch her. You guys saw that, right? I didn't touch her.'
It was reported at the time that the 64-year-old's assault gave the teen a cut lip and she was arrested on a single count of child abuse.
According to the St Petersburg Times, prosecutor Brian Trehy said the video doesn't provide conclusive evidence that the 64-year-old veteran teacher wasn't acting in self-defence when she swung at the student.
He said that students who witnessed the incident said the teen made contact first and the teacher was responding to that. 'You couldn't put a piece of paper between them,' Mr Trehy said. 'You can't tell if he actually made contact, but it's certainly reasonable to believe that it could have happened.'
Mrs Hadsock told the Times: 'It was the right thing to do. I was defending myself, and he made the right decision.'
She claims that the student licked a classroom window and left saliva and refused to clean it up when asked, so she told him to go to the principal's office.
It was then that he launched a verbal assault on her and called her a 'fu#king c*nt' and then walked towards her. The teacher's attorney says: 'If she would have done nothing, you might have been talking about some very severe injuries to a 64-year-old teacher. She wasn't going to wait to find out.'