Superintendent apologizes for teacher-student fight comments

Apr 7, 2014 1:19 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Monica's school superintendent has apologized for comments she made about a popular science teacher she placed on leave after cellphone videos showed him fighting with a student.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Superintendent Sandra Lyon acknowledges public concern that she failed to immediately address the conduct of the students involved.

Lyon also said her comment reflected "pre-judgment" of teacher Mark Black.

On Friday Lyon said the videos were "utterly alarming" and pledged support for the student's family. They show Black wrestling with an unidentified student, pinning him to the floor.

Lyon's comments raised the ire of parents, some of whom defended Black and praised him for intervening.

School board member Oscar de la Torre said Saturday that the incident arose from a conflict over drug use.

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