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Teacher seen scuffling in video returns to work

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A Metro teacher caught on video fighting with a student, is now back in the classroom.

Administrators admit the teacher went too far, but they think he deserves to keep his job. Now, some parents are questioning that decision.

After video of the incident wound up online, teacher Rob McKenzie was placed on leave.

District officials said what he did was wrong but also believe after getting the full story from students in the classroom, and talking to parents, allowing the teacher to return to work makes sense.

In the video, the Cane Ridge High School teacher is seen trying to control a seemingly disruptive student, and it eventually leads to a scuffle.

"There were factors that made us understand this was a teacher, as he understood it, acting to control a situation in a classroom. He had a prior record that was very positive," said Meredith Libbey, spokeswoman for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

McKenzie was placed on leave in August while the district investigated. Libbey admits McKenzie did not handle the situation properly and points out the teacher was suspended for five days without pay.

But some Cane Ridge parents Friday seemed split on the district's decision to allow him back in the classroom.

"I feel as though he should be removed from the school, because if he put his hand on one child he'll put his hand on another child," said parent Stephanie Madison.

"I think it's fine. From the video, it looked like the student provoked the teacher. It was good they gave him the five days," said parent Kelly Newhouse.

McKenzie has also agreed to talk to all of his classes about how he could have better handled the incident, and district leaders said they are confident they've made the right decision.

"The parents we've heard from and the students we've heard from like the teacher and are standing by the teacher," Libbey said.

As for the student involved in the fight, the district confirmed he was disciplined but would not say how.

However, sources told Channel 4 News he no longer attends Cane Ridge.

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