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Teacher seen on video punching student charged in California

December 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area teacher captured on video punching a student who had repeatedly called him a racial slur has been charged with a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a child.

Video posted to social media this month shows Marston Riley, who is black, repeatedly hitting the student, who returns some of the blows. Before the scuffle, the video shows the student throwing a basketball at the 64-year-old Riley and repeatedly calling him names.

City News Service reports Riley, a music teacher at Maywood Academy High School, was charged Friday. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney. Arraignment is set for Jan. 4.

The confrontation began after the teacher asked the boy to leave because he wasn’t wearing a proper uniform.

A Gofundme page has raised more than $187,000 on Riley’s behalf.

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