LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — A parent sent 6 News a video of a fight between a 7th grade student and a teacher at Dwight Rich School of the Arts in Lansing.
The cell phone video shows a struggle between a teacher and the daughter of the parent that sent in the video.
So far, the Lansing School District hasn’t said much yet about what led up to this incident, but 6 News did meet with the student and her mother to get their side of the story.
The fight happened at Dwight Rich School Wednesday afternoon. The student in the video is 13-year-old Olivia Snider and her mother is Bobbi Snider.
The beginning of the fight was not caught on tape, but Olivia says it started when the teacher put her hands on Olivia’s cousin, who also goes to the school.
“I asked why she did that and she said she can do whatever she wants and she was recording me and everything and she kept recording me and said it again, that she can do whatever the f she wants,” Olivia said.
That’s where the video picks up in the hallway.
“Olivia said that she knocked on the door and told her to let her in, the teacher opened up the door and had her fist balled up so Olivia swung on her, the teacher tripped her and started choking her,” Bobbi said.
At one point, the teacher’s hand was around Olivia’s throat. You can hear students calling for the teacher to stop.
Once it was over, Olivia met her mom outside who was waiting to pick her up, and told her what just happened.
“She had no right to put her hands on my daughter like that,” Bobbi said.
Bobbi says Olivia just returned Tuesday to school after being suspended. And that this isn’t the first incident between this teacher and Snider.
“I’m just over it, I’m over all the stuff from the Lansing School District,” Bobbi said.
The teacher is on paid administrative leave.
We’re not naming her because the situation is still unfolding and she hasn’t been charged with any crimes.
School officials would not talk about if the teacher was injured or how long she has been with the district, and only could say that they are conducting a full investigation.
But they’re not the only ones looking into this, the Sniders filed a report with Lansing Police last night.
6 News reached out and went to the Lansing Police Department to get a copy, but they told us it could take up to five business days.
We will continue to follow this story closely and bring you the latest updates as we learn more.
6 News also spoke to a criminal justice professor, who is part of the National Center for School Safety, and he says there is increased concern among schools that students are facing much more stress this year than normal.
“Some students have been out of school for a year and a half, there’s a lot of schools that have mask mandates, and other issues that may be going on. And so there’s increased concern that there may be student conflicts, teacher-student conflicts, where people might be getting to a boiling point, really,” said Chris Melde,
Melde added that there is no data yet to show an increase in violence in schools.