Video of Firebaugh teacher physically assaulting student kicks off probe

Shocking video of a Firebaugh High School teacher assaulting a student has prompted an investigation at the rural school.

A rural Fresno County school district is investigating a teacher who allegedly physically and verbally assaulted a student on Monday, with video of the incident spreading across social media.

The incident is currently under investigation by Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District. 


The big picture: The video, which was posted on social media, reportedly a Firebaugh High School teacher yelling at a male student with their faces close to each other. 

  • Crockett appears to have his hands on the student while screaming into the student’s face. 
  • He yells “yes or no” and “you stay right there” to the student. 
  • The district confirmed that the incident occurred on Monday, saying it was quickly resolved. 
  • Sources tell The Sun that the teacher in the videos is Michael Crockett.
  • Crockett is listed as a culinary arts teacher on the high school’s website. 

What they’re saying: In a statement to The Sun, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District Superintendent Roy Mendiola. Said the incident is under investigation. 

  • “On Monday, Oct. 23 there was an incident on campus involving students and staff,” Mendiola said. “It was addressed and resolved promptly. Student and staff safety are of the utmost importance at Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District. As such, we take all reports of improper conduct seriously. Due to confidentiality, no further details can be shared at this time. We are investigating the incident and will follow-through with the appropriate actions upon completion of that investigation.” 
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