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Gateway High Teacher Peter Sheppard Charged With Assault After Shoving Student (VIDEO)

Categories: Crime, Education

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Teacher shoving a student.
A video taken inside a classroom of St. Louis' Gateway STEM High School is a bit blurry, but clearly shows a male teacher throwing his desk down and shoving a female student -- twice.

The footage, on view below and first reported by KMOV (Channel 4), is reportedly of teacher Peter Sheppard, 33, who has since been charged with third-degree assault.

It's not clear what led up to this confrontation based on the quick footage -- but the shoving is well documented.

Here's the footage via KMOV, with the video from the classroom starting at the ten-second mark:

"I'm going to stand here until you take your hand down and look at me," the teacher says to the female student, who KMOV interviewed and identified as Stephanie White, sixteen.

At this point, White gets up with her backpack, prompting the teacher to pick up a desk and violently throw it down.

He then shoves her twice before she walks out of the room and he follows close behind.

The cell phone video from last Thursday is short, but on the surface appears pretty damning.

The probable cause statement from the St. Louis circuit attorney's office outlining the third-degree assault charge against Sheppard says that, according to the student, the teacher shoved her, which was confirmed by video footage.

In a statement sent to Daily RFT today, public school officials acknowledge that there are allegations against a Gateway employee, who was immediately placed on a leave of absence.

Here's that full statement followed by the probable cause document.

The Saint Louis Public School District is aware of allegations against an employee at Gateway STEM High School regarding an incident that occurred on June 13, 2013.

In keeping with District policy, upon learning of the incident, the employee was immediately placed on a leave of absence and the District reported the matter to local law enforcement and the Missouri Division of Family Services for further investigation. The District will respond to this personnel matter in accordance with District policy and State law to ensure the protection of our students.

Saint Louis Public School District staff members are committed to providing an excellent education in a safe, nurturing environment for all students. The safety of students is of the highest priority at all District schools.

Peter Sheppard Probable Cause Statement

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26 comments
blackudoobu
blackudoobu

What a piece of shit human being. He should lose his job and have charges pressed against him. I hope he falls in a hole.

Flwos
Flwos

I could never be a teacher, kids are getting worse and worse, I would be fired after 25 minutes for telling some spoiled little brat to shut the f up and sit down. I`m just not able to hold it back, you need  supernatural patience to do this job, it`s impressive, teachers have a very important job, dont get paid enough and have to put up with all kinds of shit.

Flwos
Flwos

I could never be a teacher, kids are getting worse and worse, I would be fired after 25 minutes for telling some spoiled little brat to shut the f up and sit down. I`m just not able to hold it back, you need  supernatural patience to do this job, it`s impressive, teachers have a very important job, dont get paid enough and have to put up with all kinds of shit.

bikbobb
bikbobb

good for him,  she has to learn to be a better person and respect her teachers and control her emotions in society, im sure he only wants the best for her and her future

terrencekeenan1
terrencekeenan1

The only thing crazy about Pete is that he stayed at that job for so many years. That school is supposed to be one of the city's "gems", try subbing there for a day to see how you like it! I was a twinkly-eyed save the whale idealist too one day.

All the mushy comments about how, "oh you should never put a hand on a kid"... well, you don't train poodles the same way you train pit-bulls, unless you want your baby mauled. The only person being done a disservice is the smartalecky student who will never learn to sit and listen to authority. Unless truly exceptional, no company, other than real menial, would ever hire kids coming out of that system. That mother may be mad, but she's really handicapping her kid and setting her up for a life of shifting the blame. The first think my father would have asked me would have been "what did you do?"

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

This guy should never be allowed in a teaching environment again. He obviously cannot hack it. I don't care what that kid did. That teacher,... the one who is an adult, ...the one who is supposed to be in control of that classroom, ...should have handled the situation in a professional manner. If the kid didn't want to be in class he should have told her ...."Fine, go to the principal's office."

stoppikelandglen
stoppikelandglen

And what about HER?  I can only imagine the flip, rude, and disgusting behavior she's subjected the teacher to, and the entire class to.  Two sides to every story, and I'm sure SHE'S a piece of work.  He should have known better than to touch her, but it sure was good to see the smart azz put in her place, something neither of her “parents” do.

Jessi Anderson
Jessi Anderson

I agree with you! If a student is acting disrespectfully there are steps that can be taken to deal with it.....throwing a desk and pushing a student is absolutely NOT one of them. He should be fired and charges should be brought against him. He is an adult and he should have acted like one.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

You know what, he was wrong to push her like that, but she was wrong to shove the chair and hit him with it as she did. He's the adult in the room, he should've practiced more self restraint, but excusing what she did is setting a horrible example. Both should be suspended!

Carol Castro
Carol Castro

Argh I hate auto correct. Why is it always defiantly never definitely.

Ron Clements
Ron Clements

The teacher is clearly out of line here, but the girl was pissed because she couldn't watch a movie in another classroom and had to actually sit in his class? Self-entitled spoiled little brats we have these days in our society.

Carol Castro
Carol Castro

I agree with the sentiments of all these posts. As a teacher,a leader,authority they have to control themselves under EVERY circumstance. But respect is defiantly not on the list of parental teaching.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

You don't care if she spit on him? Hope you don't teach that to your child, that they can do whatever they want to an adult and not expect anything to happen back. Go look up videos of teachers getting the living crap beat out if them by students. That is what they have to deal with on a daily basis. That's why kids are acting the way they are, you parents are so quick to go after the teachers instead of looking at the insane behavior of your kids.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Omg, that prick wouldnt have got as far as pushing her, I would have twisted his jaw around his head.

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

Personally, I don't care what she said to him. I don't care if she flipped him the bird, or spit at his feet, or even on him. High school teachers should not be throwing, or slamming down desks. And they absolutely should not be shoving students around. I don't care how much of an A-hole the student is.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

I heard from others that have seen the video that the student pushed her desk and hit him. I'm not condoning what he did but these kids are rude, disrespectful little assholes. You couldn't pay me enough to teach some if these kids. Oh, lame attempt at playing the race card.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

too bad they don`t have the audio of what she said,,,,we all know how teenagers like to push your buttons because they know there is nothing you can do to them and when they push and you push back they wanna cry to the cops

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

Courtney - not sure I'm following you here. Why does the race of the student make a difference?

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

That's umm... amazing. I remember teachers in junior high and high school in the 80's that had tempers and would occasionally yell, or at worst throw their chalk at the wall. But nothing like this. That's scary.

Courtney Cronin
Courtney Cronin

Considering charing BOTH parties? The girl was just sitting there! If a teacher pushed a white female student, the police would have given a very different statement. What BS.

Flwos
Flwos

@Sharon Walker I think another difference is that if a teacher puts his/hers foot down now the kid runs home and tells the parents that the teacher was mean. And then the parents sue the school. If I came home to my parents when I was a kid and told them a teacher yelled at me or I was put in detention the only thing they said was "ok, so what did you do?" I can`t remember them ever blaming the teachers, I obviously did something and was punished, and I deserved it, case closed. I think that worked too, the parents trusted the teachers, they were on the same team.

Flwos
Flwos

@Sharon Walker I dont know, I notice that kids get more and more cocky, a teacher is just a random stranger to most of them. When I was a kid in the early 1980`s we respected/feared most of the teachers. Or maybe it was just me but it was rare to see anyone go against a teacher, a few tried and they were promptly put in their places. No violence, they didn`t hit us or anything like that, it was more that they had authority, I did as my mom and dad said, and when in school I did as the teachers said. And looking back on it, I think it worked. For example, my english teacher was a 60+ year old lady and no one messed with her. I was kinda afraid of her in a way, she was stern and demanded respect. And she got it, and we learned english.

veaseylover
veaseylover

@stoppikelandglen You can imagine what she did, right? Because the teacher could not have possibly just been out of control, which the video clearly shows. That is no way for an adult to behave, at all. What kind of example is he setting, showing the other children that violence and temper tantrums solve problems. Is that what you want your kids to learn?

veaseylover
veaseylover

@Flwos The teacher put his hands on a child. He had no right, period. Teachers are not there to physically discipline their students

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