A McGavock High School algebra II teacher was removed from the building via ambulance Friday morning following an apparent nervous breakdown in front of his class.
According to McGavock’s executive principal Robbin Wall, the man yelled, turned over multiple tables, pushed over a filing cabinet and threw a chair, among other actions — all with high school students as witnesses.
“Fortunately, no student was hurt, no student was hit,” Wall said. “Some of our students were shaken up. Obviously, you can understand they would be a little scared.
“In my 32 years of being in education, I’ve never seen anything like that,” Wall said. “It continued from the classroom all the way down to my office where he was finally dealt with. He was removed from the building by ambulance. We couldn’t quite get him to calm down, but the school resource officer acted very professionally.
Ralph Thompson, the district’s assistant superintendent of student services, declined to reveal the teacher's name but said he was a veteran educator who had no disciplinary incidents on his record.
He stressed that the "nature of the incident was odd" and that he was taken to the hospital.
Asked what set the teacher off, Wall said he didn’t have a clue.
“Some of the comments he was making were very incoherent, scattered,” he said. “They didn’t make any sense. Everyone was trying to get him to calm down and talk.”
Wall said the school is back to normal operations, adding that the incident has become the topic of the day among students.
A substitute teacher has taken over the teacher’s class.