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High School Student Pepper Sprays Teacher Twice After He Took Away Her Phone

The Tennessee student faces discipline in the incident, which was captured on video.

A Tennessee high school student appeared to use pepper spray on a teacher after he took away her cellphone and faces school discipline and a possible police investigation. The incident was captured on phone video and went viral after it appeared on Reddit over the weekend. Here's what you need to know about this incident.

Where and When Did This Happen?


The incident took place at Antioch High School in Nashville, Tennessee. The video shows the attack in a hallway of the school. The apparent attack happened on Friday.

Who Is the Student?


The student, who was not identified, is a young woman who can be heard saying, "Give me my phone!" in the Reddit video. A Reddit poster with the handle Lazy_Mouse3803 said the student was "texting and Googling answers for her school work." 

What Happened


A male teacher, who was not identified, took the student's phone, at which point the student sprayed him in the face. The video shows the student then following the teacher into a hallway, where she can be seen spraying him in the face a second time. At that point, the teacher drops to his knees and cries out as the student continues to demand the return of her phone.

What Happened Next


The video shows fellow students laughing and joking about "mace." After the second spraying, a second adult comes out of a classroom to intervene. "She pepper sprayed me!" the teacher can be heard saying.


What's Next

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Metro Nashville Public Schools said the student received "appropriate disciplinary consequences," without going into detail. The teacher received immediate medical help from the school nurse, the public schools added, without offering details about his condition.

The schools also filed an incident report with the Metro Nashville Police Department through the high school's School Resource Officer, the schools said. The incident represented a serious violation of law and public school policies, it added.


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