MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Chaos in the classroom as a student got into a fight with a substitute teacher at Miami Central High School.
A cell phone video of the brawl was posted on Instagram.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Tiara Reed, a student at Miami Central who knows the teacher. “She’s alright, she’s a good teacher.”
“I was shocked,” said fellow student Sabrina.
The video appears to show the teacher defending herself as she’s attacked by a female student. At one point the teacher had the student in a headlock in an effort to subdue her.
The student then broke free and pushed the teacher to the floor. That’s when another student helps the teacher put an end to the fight.
A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Public Schools said the incident involved a student who was not supposed to be in that class.
Reed said she was shocked by the video because there weren’t any issues with the student at the school.
“She was quiet,” said Reed.
Theodora Roundtree, a substitute teacher at a nearby elementary school said, “I just hope for the best for the substitute teacher and the student as well.”
Roundtree admits being a “sub” is a tough job because the regular teacher is not in front of the students. She said one student actually threatened her.
“I calmed down. I held my peace. I didn’t do anything. So, the staff and the administrators handled it,” she said.
The school district and Miami-Dade Schools police are investigating the scuffle.
“All indicators point to the student having been the aggressor. It is evident the employee used great restraint in her attempts to de-escalate the situation. As a result of her unacceptable behavior, the student will be disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct and may be facing criminal charges,” said the school district in a statement.
The district hasn’t said if anyone was hurt.