A Georgia teacher at Rockdale Career Academy is being investigated after a video surfaced on social media of the teacher threatening a student, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“You screw with me you’re going to be in big a** trouble,” physics teacher Paul Hagan can be heard saying. “Don’t smile at me. That’s how people like you get shot. I got a bet. I bet by the time you’re 21 somebody’s going to put a bullet in your head. OK. And it might be me the one who does it.”
The students were reportedly laughing and joking around while Hagan was writing on the board prior to the outburst. But one student’s mother, April Carr, didn’t find anything funny about the incident.
Carr posted the video to Facebook and started a petition demanding the teacher be fired. While he apologized to the 11th-grade-class, he was only put on administrative leave.
“We were made aware of the video Thursday afternoon and immediately launched an investigation into this personnel matter, which is ongoing at this time,” said Cindy Ball, Rockdale County Public Schools’ director for strategy and innovation, in a statement.
Watch the video of Mr. Hagan’s words below: