A Georgia high school Physics teacher is in trouble for allegedly threatening an 11th grader. The whole incident was caught on video.
Rockdale Career Academy’s teacher Paul Hagen has been placed on administrative leave after a video reveals what appears to be Hagen saying to the student:
“I’m serious, dude. If you screw with me, you’re going to get in big [expletive] trouble. Don’t smile at me, man. That’s how people like you get shot. I got a bet. I bet by the time you’re 21, somebody is going to put a bullet in your head, okay? And it might be me…the one who does it.”
The video which was filmed by another student reportedly captured an angry Hagen speaking to April Carr’s son in a threatening matter.
Carr admits that her son was misbehaving in class but feels what she saw on the video is inexcusable.
I’m upset. I’m hurt. I’m confused. Like what is going on…”
“It’s horrible. It’s absolutely horrible. In the video you can tell he’s angry. He’s definitely angry. He’s not joking.”
The school is investigating the incident.
Hagen reportedly apologized to the student but Carr doesn’t think that’s enough.
Carr wants more to be done because she is “shocked” by the behavior. She says “who expects for their teacher stand at the front of a classroom and threaten another student?”
Law enforcement has yet to indicate whether Hagen will be charged with a crime.
Georgia assault laws include the offenses of both “assault” and “battery.” Both crimes are broken down into two separate degrees: “simple” and “aggravated.”
Simple Assault is defined as:
“Attempting to commit a violent injury on someone else or putting them in a situation where it’s reasonable they can be injured in such a manner. No actual physical touching is necessary to violate the law. Words can be enough. For example, threatening to break someone’s neck, if done in a menacing manner, can be considered simple assault.”
If Hagen is charged and convicted of a simple assault then it would be a misdemeanor.
Many individuals wrongly believe that threatening “words” alone don’t constitute a crime.
Hopefully, this matter will be settled to the satisfaction of all involved.
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