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Who is William Bennett? White Kentucky teacher pins Black student to the ground

The student identified as Jamir Strane was pinned to the ground with his chemistry teacher Bennett on top of him during the August 24 incident
UPDATED AUG 26, 2021
William Bennett a White Christian teacher from Kentucky pinned a Black student named Jamir Strane to the ground and pulled his hair during a fight on August 23 (Twitter/Facebook)
William Bennett a White Christian teacher from Kentucky pinned a Black student named Jamir Strane to the ground and pulled his hair during a fight on August 23 (Twitter/Facebook)

Until now incidents of teachers verbally attacking students, sometimes for their race, some times for their sexual orientation, or sexuality. However, a teacher in Kentucky has gone a step further and launched a violent physical attack on a 16-year-old student. The teenager did try to defend himself after being attacked over a neck gaiter ( people use neck gaiters to cover their mouth and nose instead of a mask). The video of this incident which took place at the Marion C Moore School in Louisville has made its way to the Internet and it's as shocking as it gets. 

Of problematic teachers wreaking hell in the lives of their students, a report in April stated, Alissa Piro from California would fail students who didn't share the same political views as her. A New South Wales teacher named Monica Young was accused of sexually abusing her teen student. She faced 10 charges in connection to the allegations and CCTV footage proved them to be true. The 23-year-old teacher had sex with her 14-year-old student, sent him explicit Snapchats, and even asked for nudes in return. Allyssa Gustafson, a 24-year-old teaching assistant from Illinois pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse for engaging in a sex act with a 14-year-old on at least five occasions. 


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Who is William Bennett?

According to William Bennett's Facebook page, he is from Elizabethtown, KY. He works as a science consultant for Government Industry, and Education at Bennett Scientifics, professor of chemistry and microbiology at Morehead State University/Bullitt. He's also listed himself as the Chairman and President at Hardin County History Museum Page. He studied chemistry at the University of Maryland and microbiology and chemistry at the University of Kentucky. A post on his page reveals he was appointed as the city councilman. "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. I am a Christian," reads the bio on his page. His LinkedIn profile appears to be locked. 

Coming back to the shocking video, Bennett was seen on top of the student, pinning him down to the ground restricting any and all movement. The video was captured by a student at the school and showed Bennett wasn't letting go of Strane despite others trying to intervene and separate the two. A student in the clip can be clearly heard yelling, asking the teacher to "get the f-ck off him." Bennett appeared to apply more pressure on Strane and at that point the student started punching him back to free himself.

Jamir Strane, a student at Marion C. Moore school in Kentucky was pinned to the ground by White Christian teacher William Bennett during a fight (GoFundMe)

Multiple students can be heard yelling, "What the f-ck is he doing?" and "let go of him!" in the video. Another adult who appeared to be a school staffer stepped in at this point and was able to separate the two but Bennett caught hold of Strane's hair at this point. He kept pulling at the teenager's hair with all his might till the end of the chaotic clip which runs for a minute. 

Bennett has been reassigned to "non-instructional duties" till the investigation is completed as to what led to the physical fight. “This is currently a personnel matter and the investigation is ongoing,” Jefferson County Public School officials said. In a chat with a media outlet, Strane said Bennett had made some racially charged comments at him after taking issue over his neck gaiter. “He said, ‘You’re just going to be another black boy shot,’” Strane recalled. “I’m going to put it in English. He said ‘You’re going to end up in the streets dead,’ in my mind, like all my friends," the student added. 

Strane had hurled the N-word at Bennett and the teacher called him racist in return. The student is facing a suspension for 10 days and has an assault charge against him. While the start of the fight wasn't recorded, Strane said he was personally triggered by Bennett's comments because he was injured in a drive-by shooting in 2020. “To be told that you’re just another boy that’s going to be shot dead, I could see where that could trigger his PTSD,” Strane’s mother, Erica, told the same outlet. “Like I said, my son — he’s not a saint. He has his flaws. But again, I can understand where the PTSD was triggered," she noted. Strane's mother has launched a GoFundMe for her son and has garnered $1,250 donations of the $5,000 goal till now.