Ypsilanti student says teacher choked, hit him in school

An Ypsilanti student says his own teacher choked and hit him in school as he was trying to walk away after she intervened in an altercation in school this week.

Raheem Summers says it happened around lunchtime on Thursday at the Achieving College and Career Education school, known as "ACCE", in Ypsilanti. Summers said two students got into a fight outside the cafeteria.

Summers with with several other students inside the cafeteria when the fight broke out and they were trying to leave. That's when the teacher intervened, he said, and eventually started choking him.

"She wouldn't let nobody out the door. She actually started swinging at me and choking me," he said.

Summers said he kept trying to go around the teacher while another student pulled out a phone to capture the confrontation.

"She was like 'try me again, b---. I was like what are you doing? I'm not hitting a female. She's like, I don't care," he said.

Instead of hitting her, Summer said he tried to walk away when she hit him again. He said he then felt dizzy and lightheaded and later told school staff what happened. 

"They really didn't say anything but were like you gotta leave the school. I was like why do I have to leave the school? I didn't do anything."

At the end of the day, he went home and told and showed his mother what happened. Karrie McQuade filed a police report.

"This is unacceptable. Who gives you the right to put your hands on my kid?" said McQuade. "If you can't work with kids, you need to look for another profession."

A spokesperson with Ypsilanti schools says the teacher has been put on paid leave pending an investigation. The school has turned over its findings to the Washtenaw Sheriff's Office for investigation.

McQuade says she wants that teacher criminally charged.

"She needs to go to jail. She does. She needs to lose her job," McQuade said.

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