A verbal altercation between an Aiken High School teacher and student reportedly got very heated, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The incident happened about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, according to an incident report.
The suspect, a 43-year-old teacher, turned in a discipline notice regarding an incident in the classroom after she confronted a 16-year-old student because he wouldn't complete his assignment.
The student told the school resource officer he was in the classroom preparing to do his work.
“The student said he was told to leave the classroom and was packing his belongings in order to do so when the teacher 'slapped his book bag,' which was laying on the desk,” the report stated.
The student told police the teacher then pushed him and called him an idiot, to which the student responded, “You're an idiot.”
The teacher allegedly responded by saying, “Yo momma” and shut the door.
The student's parents responded to the school and were told of their options for any criminal investigation.
They declined an investigation, but asked the school resource officer to speak with other students in the classroom to find out what happened.
The officer spoke with nine other students in the room, the report stated.
One student had been excused from class earlier and did not witness the incident, but the eight other students described the teacher and student engaged in a verbal exchange that ended with the teacher saying, “Yo momma.”
The students also described the teacher either hitting or slapping the book bag, as well as “some type of physical contact between the student and the teacher.”
“The contact was described in various ways such as a shoulder bump, a push and as guiding the student out of the room,” the report stated.
The report did not indicate any disciplinary action against the teacher, whose name was redacted.
Bill Burkhalter, School Board attorney for Aiken County Public School District, said District officials are aware of the incident and have investigated it.
“The school district has followed its normal procedure and protocol involving anything that involves a staff member or a staff member's conduct,” Burkhalter said. “It's been dealt with in an appropriate manner in accordance with school district practices, which is what we would do in any case involving an allegation of staff misconduct.”
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.