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BREAKING NEWS Samohi Teacher Reinstated After Scuffle with Student April 18


April 14, 2014

A santa monica high school science teacher who was placed on leave after being caught on video fighting with a student will be back to work on Monday.

Wrestling coach Mark Black was placed on paid leave after the April 4 confrontation, a move that upset some parents and students who rallied in support of Black.

"Based on what we have learned, it is appropriate to return Mr. Black from paid administrative leave at this time," SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon said. District officials said they expect to receive an investigator's report on the fight by the middle of next week.

"I want to make it very clear that Mark Black was not fired or suspended from his job, he was simply placed on leave with pay during the investigation," Lyon said.

Blair Moore, 18, was charged with two counts of threatening a public school official, possession of a box cutter on school grounds, possession of marijuana on school grounds and force or violence against a school employee, all misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty and is free on his own recognizance. He is due back in court Tuesday.

A 16-year-old student was also arrested, but his name was not released due to his age.


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