A high school teacher in Arizona was removed from class for allegedly dressing as a devil and greeting students entering his classroom by saying “Hi Satan.”
Mesa High School sophomore Nathaniel Hamlet claimed his teacher walked into class Wednesday wearing devil horns and wielding a pitchfork, waving it over the heads of students who entered the room to give the “Hail Satan” greeting.
“Some people thought it was funny, some people didn’t like it, some people were like ‘whatever,’ they just blew it off,” Hamlet told 12 News.
It wasn’t clear if the teacher was dressed up in anticipation of Halloween or because it was school spirit week — but Hamlet, a devout Christian, said he was offended and repeatedly asked the educator to stop.
“I said, ‘Don’t do that to me’ and I pushed it [the pitchfork] away maybe three or four times,” the teen said.
Teacher Not be Identify
Hamlet later told his father, Chris Hamlet, a former Mesa Public School board candidate, that he reported the incident to the principal.
“Of course I was very angry, because I am a Christian too,” said old Hamlet. “What really changed the situation for me was that he kept telling her no and the teacher insisted.”
The teacher, whose identity was not publicly released, was not in class the next day and has not returned since.
Mesa Public Schools said the educator was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
“I think it’s fair, but he did this to everyone over and over again,” the teenager said. “That’s why I think he should probably be fired.”
His father agreed with the idea and told the media outlet: “Whether it’s a joke or not, I don’t think it’s right. If you’re going to keep the Christian stuff out, then you should keep the devil worship stuff out.”
Other parents, who asked to remain anonymous, told 12 News they disagree with what the teacher did, but they don’t think he should have been fired for the incident.
Mesa Public Schools said in a statement that it was investigating what happened.
“Mesa Public Schools administration was notified of the incident that allegedly occurred at Mesa High School after school hours on Wednesday afternoon,” the district said in a statement.
“Our Human Resources department launched an investigation on Thursday morning and placed the teacher on paid administrative leave until the investigation is concluded. The investigation continues.”