MAYWOOD (CBSLA) — A teacher at Maywood Academy High School was arrested Friday after a violent altercation with a student inside a classroom.

In the video, the teacher, identified as 64-year-old Marston Riley, can be seen decking the student after a confrontation. The two then go at it in a horribly disturbing fist fight, reports CBS2’s Tom Wait, all of this unfolding in a band class full of stunned students, some who recorded the incident with their cell phones.

The beating is nonstop, with the teacher wailing on the student, even using an object, perhaps his phone, to pummel the boy to the ground. Students and an adult try to pull the student away, but the teacher is relentless — the student struggled to escape.

“I was scared for the kid, and partly for the teacher too,” said one student who was in the classroom at the time. He told CBS2 the fight started after the teacher told the student he was not wearing the proper school uniform. The student responded with a tirade of racist profanities, which can be heard in the video before the fight started.

“It was just back and forth, back and forth, and then the teacher just decided to throw a punch and that’s when everything happened,” the student said.

Riley’s wife told CBS2’s Stacey Butler she had not spoken with her husband. “I don’t know anything. I don’t even know what happened,” she said.

The fallout from the video is just beginning. Parents are furious.

“I’m shocked. Why did it have to escalate to this point?” one woman said.

“I think something needs to be done. That’s way out of hand,” said another parent.

The district did not release a statement about the incident, telling CBS2 it was a personnel matter.

“I send my kids [to] school to learn, not to hit,” another parent said.

The student was taken to the hospital. He is believed to be OK.

Marston remained in custody Friday night on $50,000 bail at the LA County Jail.

Comments (67)
  1. Dominick Morales says:

    it was the kid fault

  2. It will be interesting to see how the court sees it. I guarantee you the kid will get away with it because the teacher is in position of authority.

  3. Glowgirl Trevi Hernandez says:

    Student at fault

    1. Lori Allen says:

      They say because he was the adult he should have taken this kid’s disrespect? The kid mouthed off and cursed the teacher and should have gotten his butt kicked. Obviously he doesn’t get discipline at home with his mama or daddy, the kid was showing off and got whipped. The school and the court should leave that one alone. if more teachers were allowed to discipline mouthy kids, there wouldn’t be so many kids in jail. Parents should only be outraged if their kids get beat by a teacher for no reason. But no child and I mean NO child should get away trying to man up to a man who could whip his behind like that teacher did. The kid deserved it. Betcha the kid won’t do it again.

  4. Jim Britt says:

    Love a good teacher that knows how to take care of smart-mouthed punks!!

    Teacher is a HERO.

  5. Max Arc says:

    The entire video shows the student, a junior at Maywood Academy, egging on the teacher while using Hate Crime. At one point he even threw his basketball at the man. The student threatened the teacher calling the Black man a “n*gger”. Hate Crime is punishable by the law and the teacher should be let free and the student should be incarcerated and pay for his actions.

  6. Marcus Davis says:

    I’m ashamed of CBS for slanting this story so much. LET THE ENTIRE VIDEO SHOW… don’t just cut to the part that supports what you have to say about the situation. CLEARLY, the student was NOT some innocent “child” and he wasn’t just trying to get away. So much for getting my news from you all… It’s clear now that you are bias in your reporting.

  7. Funny how they edit the video to show one thing but not the racial rant this punk ass kid went on.

  8. Bry Varsan says:

    CBS NEWS AND TOM WAIT SUCKS!!!!! THE TEACHER IS RIGHT AND HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF!!! WHAT THIS VIDEO DOES NOT SHOW (IS THE FULL LENGTH VIDEO SHOWN IN MY LOCAL FRESNO NBC NEWS) WHERE THE STUDENT CALLS THE TEACHER A N*GGER, THEN THE STUDENT ASSAULTS THE TEACHER BY THROWING AND HITTING THE TEACHER HARD WITH A BASKETBALL!! THE TEACHER HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF AND THE STUDENT SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND EXPELLED!!! THE TEACHER SHOULD GET TIME OFF WITH PAY AND ALSO LOOK INTO SUING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND/OR THE PARENTS OF THIS STUDENT. A TEACHER HAS THE RIGHT TO TEACH AND BE SAFE FROM ATTACKS FROM STUDENTS OR ANY OTHERS AT THEIR WORK SITE, JUST LIKE IN ANY OTHER PROFESSION!!! AND THIS INCLUDES BEING SAFE FROM ANY RACIAL VERBAL ATTACKS!! It is very unfortunate this teacher had to endure this horrible attack. CBS LOS ANGELES is FAKE NEWS!! It is WORTHLESS AND BIASED, which is why I WATCH NBC NEWS, IT IS THE BEST AND FAR BETTER THAN CBS!!!!!

  9. Amber DeCarlo says:

    #teamteacher
    And to the parent who said I send my child to school to learn not get hit. Well their not learning with this child present!! The child did not get removed when he assaulted the teacher, was yelling, was calling him racial names!! No not until the teacher finally had enough did someone step in. These teachers deserve so much more. Expel this child! He deserved what he got!!! These children have too much control. These kids think their bad ass and then you guy’s run to defend them like their so innocent. You do this man’s job then! Yeah that’s what I thought. If you wouldn’t allow your child to behave like this don’t expect me to deal with it!!! And this article is flawed. If he’s willing to instigate a fight with his teacher. Think about what else hes willing to do. You think him not agreeing with the bus driver or your child will end well. Spare the rod spoil the child. This teacher taught him a valuable lesson. There are consequences to his actions. The streets show no mercy! A ass whooping is better then a death sentence!! Teach your children!! I have a bus stop in front of my house and a young lady yelled racial slurs at me and tried to fight me after I asked her not to litter on my property. It took everything in me to walk away and she got away with it. If she assaulted me I would have defended myself. The clip shared cuts out the part where the child started the fight. We need to come together as adults and stop allowing these kids to get by with so much. If a child cusses you out and hits you with a object for an excessive amount of time and you react oh well. These kids need to realize when they do something they will get what they seek, and if that a butt whooping so be it! #teamteacher
    ALSO his students are coming to stand up for him!! Give this teacher his job back. He defended himself!!

  10. That Punk kid needs to be expelled. The Parents refuse to teach them respect for authority and these are the consequences. If you don’t discipline your children, the world will.

  11. Jim Harris says:

    That kid got EXACTLY what he deserved. Teachers are only human and the abuse and disrespect the have to put up with is never-ending. What’dya think the odds are that the kid’s family will sue? Such bull.

  12. Conservatives and liberals would agree that your coverage of this completely ignores the racial slurs and the assault by the kid preceding the punches by the teacher.

  13. Bob Khan says:

    Drop all charges on Mr. Riley and give him his job back! If you let the kid win, you are setting a bad example and it tells them they can do whatever they want and get away with it. You don’t want to give up that kind of control.

    1. Steve Perry says:

      Two wrongs don’t make a right. That being said, it is totally unfair that this student seems to have escaped any consequences for provoking this fight just because he lost. He started it and there needs to be accountability for him. Listen to the students who were there. They support the teacher. It’s time we all did the same. It’s a dangerous precedent to set if there is no punishment for this young student. Whats next? Will he be emboldened and pull this kind of stunt on a police officer? We all know how that ends.

  14. Robert De Wilde says:

    Crowdfund please

  15. buchananboardman says:

    Isn’t this ugly pedophile who beat the minority student the same nutcase who was just caught with child porn a couple of months ago. Even if you offered me ten times my fee my conscience would prevent me from being able to defend someone this evil in a court of law.

  16. E.W. Diaz says:

    What’s the students name?

  17. Mark Arcenal says:

    all for the teacher. this is ridiculous. too many little punks out there. nobody reprimands their kids anymore.

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