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Richmond High School substitute teacher fired after alleged attack on student

The West Contra Costa School District has fired a substitute teacher who allegedly attacked a student at Richmond High School in an incident captured on video, the Richmond Standard reported.

The incident occurred Monday. A student allegedly called the teacher a racial slur. The teacher then grabbed the student and threw him to the floor, according to a report by KTVU television, which included a video of the incident. The Standard reported that Richmond Police are investigating the incident for possible criminal charges.

In a statement to the Standard, West Contra Costa Superintendent Kenneth Hurst said, “I strongly condemn the use of any racial slurs or harmful language, as well as the use of physical violence. Schools must be psychologically and physically safe in order for students to learn and for educators to teach. Physical violence by an adult is never an appropriate response to a child.”