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Video: Teacher put on leave after threatening to shoot student for mouthing off in class

A teacher at Rockdale Career Academy in Georgia is currently being investigated after a video surfaced on social media of the teacher threatening to shoot a student.

“You screw with me you’re going to be in big a** trouble,” physics teacher Paul Hagan can be heard saying. “Don’t smile at me. That’s how people like you get shot. I got a bet. I bet by the time you’re 21 somebody’s going to put a bullet in your head. OK. And it might be me the one who does it.”

The outburst was reportedly caused because the students were laughing and joking while Hagan was writing on the board. But one student’s mother, April Carr, didn’t find anything funny about the incident.

Carr posted the video to Facebook and started a petition demanding the teacher be fired. While he apologized to the 11th-grade-class, he was only put on administrative leave.

“We were made aware of the video Thursday afternoon and immediately launched an investigation into this personnel matter, which is ongoing at this time,” said Cindy Ball, Rockdale County Public Schools’ director for strategy and innovation, in a statement.

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