A sixth-grade science teacher at Lansing's Dwight Rich Middle School won't be coming to work Monday as he begins a three-day suspension without pay for what the school district calls "a violation of corporal punishment."
Matthew Pierson is accused of pushing an eighth grader on March 9 when the student wouldn't follow directions. The student's father. Marcel Richardson, told News 10 there is a surveillance video of this incident, but he and his son are waiting to see it before they go public.
Regardless, after more than a month of investigation, the district found Pierson did indeed violate school punishment policies.
Lansing Schools' spokesman Steve Serkaian issued this statement on behalf of the district:
"This is a very serious situation the Lansing School District takes very seriously. It's a severe disciplinary action that is being taken given the cirumstances."
In a phone interview, Marcel Richardson said he filed a police complaint on behalf of his son Thursday and is speaking to his lawyer on how else to proceed with this case. He says the three days suspension isn't enough.
But the school district believes its actions are fitting.
"[His] was a regrettable action," Serkaian says. "The situation shouldn't have happened, but we believe [our actions are] appropriate."
A phone call was made to Pierson, who declined to comment on his suspension. Serkaian says Pierson had no prior disciplinary history. He'll return to school Thursday, and as far as the district's concerned, Pierson has paid an appropriate price.