An assistant principal at Knox Middle School in Salisbury, North Carolina has resigned after a video surfaced of him shoving a student to a classroom floor.
According to the News & Observer, in a Facebook video, assistant principal Christopher McNeil, who is in a wheelchair, is having a verbal altercation with a student and can be heard saying, ”You keep cracking your knuckles… You do what you do because when you hit me, I’m going to beat the piss out of you, I’m telling you now. I’m telling you what I’m going to do. I’m going to put my hands on you.”
He also says, “I’m going to get up ... listen man .... I will beat the s--- out of you ... I’m going to wait for you to get up, and when you hit me, I’m going to lose my job, and they’re going to call the police.”
It’s not clear what caused the verbal altercation.
McNeil can be seen shoving the child to the classroom floor.
McNeil resigned on Oct. 12 and said in a statement, “I am sad for the students and teachers at Knox Middle School who I have dedicated my life to supporting and helping. I pray for their safety and success every day. Many of those students have had a tough hand dealt them, and I have spent my career trying to provide love and support for students that are wrestling with many challenges they bring with them to school every day.”
Rowan-Salisbury Schools officials said in an additional statement that “the safety of all students and staff is the highest priority.”
McNeil, who had been with the school since 2016, also said he is seeking legal representation and that the full story hasn’t been told.
See the news clip, which includes the viral video, below.