A high school gym teacher has been arrested after he was caught on camera dragging a 14 year-old girl into a swimming pool during class.
According to ABC13, video footage shows the teenage girl kick and scream as her teacher, Danny Patterson, forces her into the water. The teen had refused to get into the pool because she had plans that night and did not want to ruin her hair.
Patterson, however, would not take no for an answer.
The girl’s family is now suing the school district and is being represented by Stockton attorney Gilbert Somera, who says the teacher should have punished her academically instead of getting violent.
“This isn’t a situation where she’s attacking a teacher and he’s defending himself,” Somera said. “When a woman or a 14-year-old girl says no, it means no.”
Patterson, who has worked at the school for over ten years, was immediately placed on paid leave for a month. He is facing a misdemeanor for causing injury to a child.
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