The Oakland Unified School District is investigating allegations that a junior varsity football coach scuffled with a player on a Sept. 19 bus ride after video was sent to the district’s Twitter feed, according to multiple reports.
The video appears to be shot with a cell phone from inside the bus when the team was returning from a game against Del Norte in Crescent City.
In the video, a man purported to be McClymonds High School teacher De’Carlos Anderson is shown telling the student to sit down. When the student attempts to stand, the man shoves him down and the two begin to scuffle. Eventually, the man slams the student on to another seat. The school district said the student — a senior who has not been publicly identified — was not injured.
Anderson has been placed on paid leave in accordance with the district’s agreement with the teacher’s union. The investigation is being handled by the district’s human resources department and its police force.
“What we saw in the video was very disturbing,” district spokesman Troy Flint told the San Jose Mercury News this week. “Every employee is entitled to their due process, but we were incredibly distressed and disturbed by what we saw.”
Anderson has been with the school for four years, initially as a substitute and then as a physical education teacher and coach.