Santa Monica HS Teacher Placed On Leave After Altercation With Student – Should He Be Reinstated?

A video showing a teacher and wrestling coach at Santa Monica High School fighting with a student that was captured on cell phone video has gone viral, according to CBS LA.

The teacher, identified as Mark Black, has been placed on leave, many students and parents alike have shown their support for the teach and coach on social media. A Facebook page supporting the teacher currently has thousands of likes.

Student witnesses say the incident escalated after the student was openly holding a bag of marijuana and Black tried to confiscate it. That’s when witness say the student got physical with the teacher.

According to CBS LA, Sandra Lyon, the superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District wrote a letter to parents notifying them of the incident saying, “Based on what I have viewed, the kind of physical restraint used by the teacher is unacceptable. I have placed the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation.”

Watch the video of the incident and read more on the story on

This morning, we’re asking listeners their take on the incident is – do you think the teacher should be reinstated? Vote below.


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