A California high school teacher has been placed on leave after he was caught wrestling an alleged drug dealing student to the ground.

Some students at Santa Monica High School say the unidentified student was caught dealing drugs in class. Then, he allegedly hit teacher and wrestling coach Mark Black in the face, who then pinned the boy down on the floor.

The altercation was caught on camera by a number of students.

“I can tell you that what I witnessed on one of those videos is utterly alarming,” Superintendent Sandra Lyon wrote in a letter. Black is on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

A legal panel discussed the situation on tonight’s “On The Record.”

Ted Williams said he supports teachers, “however, a teacher is not a law enforcement officer.” He said Black should not have confronted the student about dealing drugs in the first place.

Bernie Grimm agreed, saying teachers shouldn’t touch students.

“The kid was lucky this wasn’t the boxing coach instead of the wrestling coach,” said former San Francisco Assistant DA Jim Hammer. He said that the coach should get a medal, not a suspension.

The debate between Greta Van Susteren, Hammer, Williams and Grimm got heated. Watch it above.


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