Students in Georgia teacher Paul Hagen’s 11th grade physics class were talking and goofing around last week while Mr. Hagen was writing on the board—pretty typical behavior for a classroom full of high schoolers. Clearly incensed by the students’ misbehavior, Mr. Hagen turned to the class and began to rant that anyone who screwed with him faced the possibility of being shot. Stated Hagen:
You screw with me you’re going to be in big a** trouble. 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.
April Carr, who is the mother of one of the students in Hagen’s class that day, posted a video of Hagen’s threats to Facebook and started a petition requesting that the teacher be fired immediately. As of today, he has not been fired, but has been placed on administrative leave while officials at Rockdale County Public Schools “investigate.” Stated Cindy Ball, director of strategy and innovation for Rockdale:
We were made aware of the video Thursday afternoon and immediately launched an investigation into this personnel matter, which is ongoing at this time.
What is there to investigate? In today’s climate of school shootings and mass murders, a teacher who threatens to shoot a student on camera should never be allowed to set foot on a school campus again.
It would be different if there was no video of the incident and the district needed time to verify the students’ claims that their teacher threatened to murder them. But that is not the case here. Hagen’s words were recorded and posted to Facebook for all to see. And his statements to students leave no doubt as to his intentions. So what is he doing still on the school district’s payroll?
WATCH: Teacher Paul Hagen threatens to shoot a student for talking in class
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