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Rowan County teacher charged with assaulting student in the classroom

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A Rowan County high school teacher is accused of throwing a 15-year-old student to the floor after the teenager allegedly tried taking a school-issued computer.

It happened Thursday during class at West Rowan High School, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Brian Linville was teaching class and a 15-year-old student took a school-issued laptop off the teacher’s desk, according to deputies.

The teenager tried leaving the classroom with the computer, but the teacher stood in front of him and told him to go back to his seat, deputies said.

The student then pushed the teacher in the chest and the teacher picked the student up and pushed him into a metal cabinet, according to deputies. The teacher then allegedly threw the student to the floor.

The teacher and student both went to the office to report the incident after it happened, according to deputies.

Deputies said the incident was caught on cell phone video by a student, but deputies said they are not releasing the footage until court proceedings are completed. The Salisbury Post provided some footage, seen above.

Authorities have determined that the teacher will face charges of simple assault and the teenager should be charged as a juvenile for disorderly conduct. He has court planned for May 4.

Linville teaches geometry, planning and honor geometry and is also a coach, according to the school’s website. The 42-year-old lives in Mocksville, according to the paper. He was reportedly suspended from the school without pay.