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Teacher says videotape proves students are violent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery teacher says he couldn't get his supervisors to believe that students in his class were abusive and violent, so he videotaped his students at their worst.

The videos taken by the teacher, Jessie Tompkins, were given to Montgomery TV station WAKA, which showed them on a newscast Wednesday night.

They show a student throwing a book and a chair.

They also show Tompkins being shoved by a student.

Tompkins, who teaches at Fews Alternative School, said the students had previously denied they were acting badly when questioned by school administrators.

Montgomery Public Schools spokesman Tom Salter said officials are investigating the tapes.

Schools Superintendent John Dilworth said he does not approve of the behavior shown on the videotape.

He said appropriate disciplinary action would be taken.

Information from: WAKA-TV, http://www.waka.com/

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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