William Bennett, 58, has a history of misconduct in at least four other counties
A white high school teacher who was filmed fighting a black student has a long history of misconduct in neighboring districts.
William Bennet, a physics teacher at Moore High School, Louisville, Kentucky, has been reassigned pending an investigation after he clamped a student to the floor and grabbed a handful of his hair on Aug. 24, two days into the school year.
The minute-long video shows Bennet, 58, engaged in a ground fight with the student as other kids circle around them, trying to end the altercation. He appears to be calling for security.
“F*** you mean get security, n****, damn it!” shouts a student in the video, which has been widely circulated on social media.
Another student says, “That’s a teacher, bro.”
The physics teacher was filmed fighting a student at Moore High School in Louisville, Kentucky on August 24, two days after school began.
The minute-long video shows Bennet, 58, engaged in a ground fight with the student as other kids circle around them, trying to end the altercation. He seems to be calling for safety
Other students try to break up the fight as Bennett continues, calling for ‘safety’
The student involved in the altercation told a local news station that he hit Bennett first because the teacher said he was “just going to be another black kid getting shot.”
In a since-deleted Facebook post after the event, Bennet claimed he was misrepresented in the shocking footage.
“That said, the truth has yet to be revealed, and this will change the whole story,” Bennet said. “We have the full school footage and the actual statements.
Past records show he was reprimanded decades ago in Hardin County for admitting to calling a rowdy class “a bunch of monkeys,” kicking a trash can, and student who cursed him after threatening him with detention.
The school district has since assigned him out of the classroom with pay while investigating
The student (pictured) told a local TV station that he hit Bennett first after the teacher told him he was “just going to be a black boy again.”
“I walked over to his desk, grabbed the front of the desk and moved it to the front of the desk, all the while telling (the unnamed student) to get out,” Bennett said in a September 15, 1999 letter. .
“(Student) got out and the desk fell over,” he said.
“You must remember that it is essential for you to remain the responsible adult,” Inspector Lois Gray wrote to him in a letter. GOLF in Louisville.
“While I understand you may have been angry, it’s important that you don’t talk until you get over your anger.”
He was told to watch a series of instructional videos, but he said he found them “intellectually worthless.”
“I don’t qualify as a person with emotional control problems,” Bennett responded in an essay.
In 2001, he was fired from a job at Elizabethtown Independent Schools, about 75 miles south of Louisville, after being arrested for breaking into an apartment to see if his girlfriend was cheating on him, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Video of Bennett’s fight on August 24 has attracted a lot of attention on social media
The district’s superintendent told him in a letter of resignation that the coverage resulting from the arrest caused “significant disruption to the educational process.”
Bennett replied that he “wouldn’t change what I did” and that he “did the manly.”
The matter was eventually forwarded to the state commission, who formally admonished him in September of that year.
His personnel file in Elizabethtown shows that he was written up for making sexual jokes and calling out laughing students “Nazi humorists.”
Bennett (pictured) was accused of making sexual jokes in class and complaining that ‘feminists are modern Nazis’ in Bullitt County school district
That didn’t stop him from running for Elizabethtown City Council in 2018, according to the News-Enterprise, which includes Hardin County.
“My parents and grandparents taught me at a young age the importance of Christian charity, service to others, a good education, and that public service is a calling, not a career,” he told the paper.
In Bullitt County, 20 miles south of Louisville, he was suspended for five days without pay after a series of inappropriate comments, including, “I could hit you just like that,” “I like guns; I like the Second Amendment; take it away, I’ll shoot you” and “feminists are modern Nazis.”
He was reported again in April 2019 to the standards committee, which handles teacher certifications.
Bennet did not disclose those disciplinary actions and others when he applied to Jefferson County Public Schools the same year, where the latest incident occurred.
The standards committee dismissed the Bullitt case last December after Bennett completed training.
According to the Jefferson County district, it is up to teachers to publicize such incidents.
A district spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Friday that Bennett has been transferred to a non-teaching paid job while the investigation into the August 24 incident continues.