A high school student in stockton, california was arrested after getting into a physical fight with her teacher.
Marlina Martinez says it all started when the teacher took her makeup away.
The 15-year-old says she called her mother to tell the teacher to give the cosmetics back and as Mave Marquis shows us, the teacher took the phone and the fight started.
The incident in the freshman math class is caught on cell phone video by another student and it appears to escalate quickly.
It moves into a standoff between martinez and her math teacher, then escalates again when martinez claims her teacher pushes hER.
“She pushed me, then she started going out (demonstrates) like right after she pushed me. She started hitting me.”
(Reporter): “What did you do in reaction?”
“I hit her back.”
Replaying the moment the fight starts, there is pushing and it may be hard for some to tell who lashes out first, but eventually, Martinez claims, her teacher throws her to the ground… where they tangle as one student asks martinez to stop.
Martinez says her teacher had her pinned to the ground.
School district spokeswoman dianne barth says the teacher was roughed up herself and has a black eye and is now on paid administrative leave as an investigation begins.
“It’s a regrettable incident and very unusual. I don’t recall an incident like this happening in the last several years.”
After the fight martinez was arrested by school district police for assault and has been suspended for five days.
She also faces expulsion for making threats against her teacher.
“I’m not sure what happened. I can’t even tell by looking at the video, what happened once the initial pushing started. I don’t — I don’t know.”
“I know I did wrong by going up to her trying to get my stuff, but, from the get-go, she should have went and go to press that button.”
“And not following the policy protocol for handling students… pushed whatever button they have to push for security and they should step outside.”