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Teacher quits, students suspended over classroom game

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A teacher at Mount Juliet High School resigned Feb. 6 and at least 10 students were given out- of-school suspensions when a dangerous game played in the classroom was posted on YouTube.

The game is called 'Take It Like a Man,' where one student punches another as hard as they can. While the game was being played in front of students, many of them used their cell phones to videotape it. The images were posted on YouTube. The student who was punched got a busted lip.

Wilson County School Board member Vikki Adkins doesn't understand why the teacher allowed students to play such a game in her classroom.

"That tells me we have a teacher that wasn't doing her job," said Adkins.

The unidentified teacher was suspended Feb. 3 then handed in her resignation Feb. 6.

"Ninety-nine percent of our teachers are 100 percent special, but there's that 1 percent that always, as they say, one bad apple makes the whole profession look bad," said Adkins.

The students were not suspended for posting the video on YouTube, according to Adkins, since that's their First Amendment right. Adkins says they were suspended for violating Wilson County Schools' code of conduct.

"The suspensions came because the students were what we would call, using a cell phone unauthorized in a class room. We have a policy for that, our policy is no cell phones in the classroom," said Adkins.

The video was quickly removed from YouTube as soon as Mount Juliet High School's principal was notified of the game and the YouTube posting.

"There were some honest students who came forward and said the teacher was in the classroom when this happened, and the YouTube video taken," said Adkins. 

The student who threw the punches and the student with the busted lip were both suspended for playing the game in the classroom.   

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