A Prince George’s County, Md., substitute teacher has been suspended after a video surfaced on LiveLeak that showed him beating a student at Gwynn Park Middle School in Brandywine, Md.

A group of 4 boys started fighting in the classroom and the teacher took off his belt and started hitting them with it. The video shows students running for cover, as the teacher was striking other students and desks being turned over.

Prince George’s County Public Schools issued a statement, condemning the behavior and said they were turning the video over to law enforcement: “On Friday, May 15, a substitute teacher used improper actions to discipline students while in one of our classes at Gwynn Park Middle School.

“The substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom and the matter has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies,” the statement continued. “Prince George’s County Public Schools does not condone this type of behavior and it is not representative of the level of professionalism and respectful conduct of the team at the school. PGCPS works to create a respectful and safe environment for all students and staff.”

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