Robert Bean: School teacher suspended after he told female student he would 'slam her face in the wall'
SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: Robert Bean, 53, an English instructor at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, has been placed on leave after he was secretly filmed calling a pupil a "defiant little brat kid" and screaming, "I just want to slam her face up against the wall," on camera by a student during class. The video later went viral on TikTok and he now faces a suspension.
Current and previous students of the school have come forth describing their own experiences with Bean after the video went viral. In the video, Bean is heard stating: “…because she thinks she's funny. She's a rude, defiant little brat kid that I just want to slam her face up against the wall.” He then adds. “That's how angry I get when people do this, and a lot of it's because I'm old school, guys. I'm 53 years…” These remarks by Beans sparked a huge outrage, with several former Cajon High School students publicly criticizing him for his long-term abusive behavior.
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One of the people that came forward to reveal Bean’s past behavior was former student Megan Soult who graduated from the school 12 years ago. She claimed to have an autoimmune disease when she was a student at the institution and the English teacher made remarks about it. “He embarrassed me, he humiliated me in front of my entire class, with my not only very private, but my very personal medical information,” Soult told KTLA. “To see this come up this many years later and hear about how many people have brought this to the attention of the administrative staff at the school and nothing has still been done is just baffling.”
Previously in 2009, she made a statement to Fox11 to report Bean's aggressive behavior. “I was bullied and harassed by him at a time when I really needed support and guidance from my teacher and I'll remember it forever,” she said at the time.
Two other seniors at the school have stated that Bean has shown different types of abusive slang in class. Blaine Anderson, a current senior at Cajon said, "He's done this stuff in the past. He's yelled at students. He's called them different slurs.” Mia Munoz, another current senior, told KTLA, “For him specifically, there was a line crossed when he made specific threats about a specific student. Not only was it unprofessional, that shouldn’t have been on campus at all.”
In a statement to KTLA, The San Bernardino City Unified School District said, “We have been monitoring the same social media posts and are aware of the comments. We have opened an investigation and posted a phone number where families can share relevant information to become part of the investigation.”
Similarly, a statement from the school district was made to Fox 11, “SBCUSD placed Mr Bean on administrative leave this morning. We are looking into the allegations posted on social media. We are not able to share more about this situation because we are required to protect our employee's privacy in this matter.”
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