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Maywood high school teacher arrested after hitting student




A worker takes a lunch break during construction of a new school May 17, 2006 in the city of Maywood, California.
A worker takes a lunch break during construction of a new school May 17, 2006 in the city of Maywood, California.
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A Los Angeles-area teacher was arrested on suspicion of punching a 14-year-old student who used a racial epithet and threw a basketball at him in a classroom, authorities said.

Marston Riley, 64, was taken into custody on suspicion of child abuse after the fight recorded on cellphone video Friday during a music class at Maywood Academy High School, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Los Angeles Unified School District officials said they’re cooperating with the sheriff’s investigation. “We take this matter very seriously and do not condone violence or intolerance of any kind,” a district statement said.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Nick Salerno, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education at Cal Poly Pomona, where he also teaches the Educational Administration Credential Program, a professional development program for teachers seeking to become school leaders; he is the former superintendent of El Monte Union High School District and the former principal of El Monte High School