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Champlin Park teacher holds student in headlock

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Camaar Abdul-Kadir's mother says her son acted in self-defense Camaar Abdul-Kadir's mother says her son acted in self-defense

 


 

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A family wants answers after a disturbing incident between a Champlin Park High School teacher and a 14-year-old student.

The above video shows how the teacher twists the Somali student's limbs, puts him in a head lock and presses his face against a desk.

The incident began after a fight between 14-year-old Camaar Abdul-Kadir and the student in the video that was originally captured and uploaded to YouTube.

Camaar's mother told FOX 9 News that her son was bullied by the student, and then assaulted by the teacher, and was acting in self-defense.

The school district, on the other hand, says the teacher was protecting himself and his students. Anoka-Hennepin school district spokeswoman Mary Olson says the teacher's goal was clear: To protect the other students and to protect himself.

Camaar's family identified the teacher as Mr. Joe Hall.  Somali community leaders and the student's family plan on holding a press conference at Champlin Park High School on Tuesday to demand an open and independent investigation.

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