Students rally around teacher who was arrested for beating a pupil who hurled racial slurs at him
64-year-old Marston Riley was arrested on November 2 on charges of child abuse after an incident with one of his students at the Maywood Academy High School in California.
64-year-old Marston Riley was arrested on November 2 on the charges of child abuse after an incident with one of his students at the Maywood Academy High School in California. The high school music teacher was arrested after he was caught on camera pummeling a 14-year-old student in his band class. The fight escalated rapidly after Riley told the teen to leave his class because he was not wearing his band uniform.
The Daily Mail reported that the student refused to get out of the class and was caught on camera provoking his teacher to a fight, calling him the N-word and even threw a basketball at him. Riley could be seen asking the teen to leave one more time before he snapped and started punching the teen in the face.
A few of the students have since come forward in support of their music teacher after he was arrested. They have said that the student provoked the elderly teacher and that he has also been brutally attacked by a gang of students before. Many people have come to Riley's defense on social media and the GoFundMe page that was launched by his former colleague. The page has been able to raise almost $30,000 of its $50,000 goal.
One of the students tweeted: "Mr. Riley doesn't deserve this. It's sad seeing our generation fall apart due to the immaturity and stupidity young students are exemplifying. Our teacher deserved RESPECT, not insults. He deserves to be DEFENDED, not plastered in such a negative way."
Another student told KTLA that the entire fight had been set up just to provoke the music teacher. The student said: "Everything was planned out. There were students there who were already taking out their phones to record the incident. I don't think it's completely fair that they're just putting the blame all on (Riley) when I personally know that he's a good guy."
The Los Angeles Unified School District released a statement after the incident and said that they were "extremely disturbed". The statement read: "We take this matter very seriously and do not condone violence or intolerance of any kind. Los Angeles Unified is cooperating with law enforcement in investigating this incident."
The school made crisis counselors available to all students at the premises on November 5. Riley posted the $50,000 bail amount and was released from the East Los Angeles Sheriff's Department on November 3 morning. He will be arraigned on November 30.
According to the sheriff's department, the student was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for moderate injuries before he was released. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be turning over the case to the special victims' bureau.