Students in Black's science classroom said an unidentified classmate struck Black in the face when the Santa Monica teacher confronted him about selling marijuana in class. Cell phone camera footage of the incident shows the teacher/coach using his wrestling expertise to pin the student to the floor during a confrontation that sent chairs and desks careening all over the room.
As a result, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials suspended Black pending an investigation. "I can tell you that what I witnessed on one of those videos is utterly alarming," superintendent Sandra Lyon told KTLA-TV, calling the teacher's physical restraint "unacceptable." MORE