UPDATE - Michigan Teacher Who Tried to Break Up Fight is Reinstated

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A teacher who was fired after using a broomstick to break up a fight between two students at a Detroit high school has been reinstated by the school district.

Education Achievement Authority spokeswoman Chrystal Wilson says Tiffani Eaton will receive retroactive pay from the date of her dismissal and has the option of being assigned to another building within the state-run district.

Cellphone video shows the boys slugging it out late last month in a Pershing High ninth-grade classroom. It also shows the teacher hitting one across his back to stop the altercation.

Eaton tells WDIV-TV the decision to fire her was made too quickly. She says "the matter needed more investigating," and officials never asked for her side of the story.

Eaton tells WJBK-TV what she did was "virtuous."

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