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South Bay high school confrontation center of dual investigation

Posted at 6:27 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 12:29:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A fiery confrontation between a teacher and students at a South Bay high school was caught on camera and has sparked an investigation.

10News learned video from the April 19 altercation at Southwest High School has been shared across social media and it is being examined by both the Sweetwater Union High School District and the San Diego Police Department.

One of the students in the video spoke to 10News and shared her side of the story that has gone viral.

The unnamed student said the teacher thought she and her friends were about to fight in a campus bathroom. She told 10News the teacher tried blocking the door so the students could not leave the bathroom.

"My friends tried pulling the door and that's when she [the teacher] pushed my friend and she hit her head on the wall," the student said.

Maria Villareal, the girl’s legal guardian, told 10News, “I don’t want that teacher in school.”

Sweetwater Union High School District officials confirmed that the teacher, who is not being identified, was placed on leave.

We are aware of this video and we are currently investigating the incident in collaboration with local law enforcement. The safety and wellbeing of our students is a priority and we appreciate the support of the Southwest High community as we look further into this matter. -- Manuel Rubio, Grants and Communications Director, Sweetwater Union High School District

San Diego police told 10News they're investigating a battery to a teacher case, and they identified the students in the video as suspects in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Villarreal has started an online petition asking that the teacher be fired.