An elderly substitute teacher at a college in Texas was left with a bloody face after a student threw a chair at him – then retaliated by throwing two chairs at the teenager.
Video circulating on social media from last week showed the fight in a classroom at DeSoto West Middle School, between the student and Larry Brumfield, 73, who was punched in the head, in front of a group of students. It is said to have erupted after the boy, who has not been named, refused to leave a classroom he should not have been in.
‘Slim!’ a student screamed in shock after Brumfield felt the blow, video shows.
The substitute teacher was then seen lifting two chairs before throwing them back at the student, who was not even registered in the class, while other students were stunned by what they were seeing.
Brumfield added that the fight broke out after the teenage abuser refused to leave the classroom, KXAS reported, with the teacher and student hurling crude insults at each other.
“Luckily I saw it from my peripheral vision,” Brumfield said of the chair hitting him. “It hit my leg. My leg and my head. It didn’t hurt as much but I felt the blood on my face…I picked it up and threw it back at him.
DeSoto West Middle School substitute teacher Donald Brumfield (left), 73, was attacked by an unidentified student (right) who threw chairs at him last Wednesday before throwing the chairs back at the teenager.
Brumfield, who was bleeding from his head after the incident, was later treated by paramedics called to the school
Other students were screaming and standing on the substitute teacher’s desk in the corner of the classroom as the fight broke out, the footage shows. Towards the end of the video, some students can even be heard shouting “Stop! as Brumfield moves closer to them to get a better angle to throw the chair at the student.
“Oh, he’s bleeding!” a girl yells at another student, realizing the substitute teacher has been hurt.
Last Wednesday, the DeSoto Police Department said its investigation into the incident was “ongoing.” While college reinforcements have been called in to prevent more violent outbreaks on campus.
An announcement on behalf of school officials was released Thursday, just a day after the fight, saying classes were canceled on Friday and spring break would start a day earlier than scheduled.
“Students may have witnessed and filmed an assault that took place in a classroom on a district campus,” the DeSoto ISD statement read. “The District makes it clear that it does not condone or condone the behavior that took place during the incident and that all parties will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the District’s ability to resolve the issue.”
The identity of the student in the fight has not yet been revealed. DailyMail.com has contacted DeSoto ISD and DeSoto Police for comment.
A DeSoto ISD official said the student, wearing pink shorts, first attacked the teacher after he refused to leave the classroom. Brumfield said the student wasn’t even assigned to his class
Brumfield (left), who has taught in downtown Gary, Indiana and Chicago, said the attack won’t stop him from continuing to teach
A school district representative told the WFAA that several students started the fight first, injuring their teacher in the process. Paramedics were eventually called to the school, where Brumfield was treated for his head injury.
It remains unclear what sparked the savage brawl and whether any students would face disciplinary action for their behaviors, the WFAA reported.
Meanwhile, each school in the district will have a “duty schedule that will place staff in all hallways and common areas of each building to monitor traffic and activity” after spring break, according to a statement from the district.
“DeSoto ISD is working to reset campus culture and behavior and refocus our system on effective teaching, learning, and academic and social student development,” district officials said last Thursday.
The fight took place last Wednesday at DeSoto West Middle School, which announced that classes were canceled two days later to review safety measures on campus.
However, the attack will not force Brumfield into retirement, despite his daughter’s wish that he quit.
“I came from the ghettos of Gary, Indiana, Chicago,” he told NBC Dallas Fort-Worth. “I think as an idealist I have things here that I could share with people who could help them.”
He added that he needed the extra paychecks to raise his two grandchildren, who currently live with him, although he has more than enough savings to retire now.
And that there is no better place to work than in schools, where he can give back and guide children to find their way.