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High School Music Teacher Who Punched Student For ‘Racial Tirade’ Speaks Out For The First Time

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It’s a sight no student should ever see, but a group of Maywood, California, high school students, unfortunately, had a front-row seat to a fight between a music teacher and a 14-year-old student.

In a short video recorded by a student with a cellphone, you can see there is some type of altercation between the student and the teacher, who was identified as 64-year-old Marston Riley. According to reports, Mr. Riley asked the student to leave his classroom over a dress code violation. The student, who remains unnamed to protect his identity, went on a “racial tirade” and spewed violent and awful words of hate at Marston, who then retaliated by punching the student multiple times.

Marston was arrested and released Saturday morning on November 3 on $50,000 bail. A GoFundMe page has been created for the 64-year-old teacher, and at the time of this publication, it has raised over $32,000 of the $50,000 goal.

Many of his students and colleagues came to his defense and said he was pushed to the brink. One student told KTLA, “He was a really nice teacher. I always respected him. He always had a really good relationship with every student.”

Marston recently uploaded a video of himself speaking out for the first time about the incident, which is posted on his GoFundMe page. In the video, he says: “This is Marston Riley, and I’m letting you know that this GoFundMe page is legit. I want to thank Cecilia Diaz for setting it up for me, and I want to thank you for supporting me. You are a blessing, thank you.”

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