‘That’s How People Like You Get Shot’: Ga. Teacher on Administrative Leave, Accused of Student Threat

Rockdale Career Academy teacher Paul Hagan, who was caught on cellphone video apparently threatening a student (WSB-TV screenshot)

A Rockdale County, Ga., teacher has been put on administrative leave after being caught on camera apparently threatening a black student.

The mother of the student, April Carr, posted the video on Facebook and also filed a police report, according to WSB-TV.

In the video captured by someone else in the classroom, Rockdale Career Academy teacher Paul Hagan can be heard telling Carr’s son: “Don’t smile at me, man. That’s how people like you get shot. I got a bet by the time you’re 21, somebody’s gonna to put a bullet right through your head. OK? And it might be me the one who does it.”


Carr said she was shocked to hear the comments the physics teacher made toward her 17-year-old son.

“I think it’s a terroristic threat on my son’s life that I definitely don’t take lightly,” she told the news station. “I mean, I was outraged.”


The mother said that she got a call from the school’s assistant principal Thursday, saying that someone had used profanity with her son. When Carr asked her son what happened, she got the full story.

She said that before Hagan blew up on students, her son and some other students were laughing while the teacher wrote an equation on the board.


According to the report, Hagan did apologize after the incident, saying that he was upset because he did not think Carr’s son was living up to his potential in the class. However, Carr says that it is not enough, emphasizing that if her son had made those types of comments, he would have been arrested.

“I want [Hagan] fired. And I want him fired and I want charges pressed against him,” Carr said.


Both the police and the school are investigating the incident.


Read more at WSB-TV.

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