Moss Point high teacher wants to quit job after assault

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A Moss Point high school teacher wants the district to release him from his contract. Benjamin Broome said he doesn't feel safe working there after a group of students allegedly beat him this week.

Broome spoke to WLOX News about the the assault, but asked that his face not be shown for fear of retaliation.

"I don't feel secure," Broome said.

The first time teacher said he hates to feel that way about his Moss Point High job. But admits after being pushed, punched and kicked by several teenage students, he is hurt both mentally and physically.

"I got injures under both eyes, all around my head, the back of the head. I got bruising in the chest, stomach, and rib area," Broome said.

The reported attack happened when the 24-year-old teacher stepped in to break up a fight between two girls who turned on him.

"She began to hit me in the face, and then the other student, who I was trying to take control of, did the same. Once I tried to gain control of the other student, two other male students jumped in and I was eventually taken to the ground. It was uncontrollable. It was something that shouldn't have happened. It shouldn't have in any school."

Broome said the school district seems to just ignore the ongoing problems with violence at Moss Point High.

"I am frustrated," Broome said. "This is not the first instance of teacher assault in Moss Point this year. I don't know when it is going to stop, but I hope it will stop now."

Broome said he has asked the district to release him from his contract, but claims the district told him "no." He's hoping school officials will change their minds, or he said he will have to take legal action.

"I wanted to stay until the end of this semester and finish the semester with my kids. But I feel like am being forced to stay in a place where I am not comfortable, and I don't feel secure, and that I have a problem with."

Representatives of the Moss Point School District chose not to comment on the assault issue. As for Broome, he said he plans to press charges against the students who assaulted him.

Broome said under state law if he resigns from the position before his contract is up, his teaching license could be suspended for at least a year.

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