ONLY ON 13 NEWS: Student Speaks Out Following Confrontation with Teacher

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Update: 

Ron Duerring, Superintendent of Kanawha County Board of Education, told 13 News that when they searched Yohn’s computer they found nothing questionable, but they are still investigating the situation.

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Original:

A video that shows an East Bank Middle School teacher berating a student was emailed in to 13 News to be investigated. 

13-year-old Jeffrey Province says he was the first student into his math class at East Bank Middle School on Tuesday when he observed his teacher, Thomas Yohn, looking at his computer.

“I saw something no 13-year-old should ever see in a school,” said Jeffrey Province, a 6th grade student at East Bank Middle School.

From there, Jeffrey says that he went to his school principal with the information. 

Later in the school day, a video taken by a student shows Thomas Yohn barged into Jeffrey’s English class and berated him in front of his classmates. 

His mother says that she was never contacted by the school or the board of education about the incident. Instead, she found out about what happened on social media.

“His Grandpa said you need to get on Facebook and watch this video and when I did I was shocked,” said Carmelene Short, Jeffrey’s mother. 

Carmelene Short says she was told by school leaders that Thomas Yohn was suspended pending an internal investigation

Jeffrey, who stayed home from school on Wednesday, says that he can’t imagine going back to East Bank Middle if Mr. Yohn were to return.

“I was afraid that he would do something to hurt me because I told on him and I might make him lose his job. So that’s pretty much the reason why I’m scared,” said Jeffrey. 

Jeffrey’s mother says that she feels let down by Kanawha County Schools.

“He is supposed to be safe at school and this should have never happened, at all. I don’t talk to my kid like that and he is not going to talk to my kid like that,” said Carmelene Short. 

We reached out to East Bank Middle School, the Kanawha County Board of Education, and the West Virginia State Board of Education about the issue. They say they they are well aware of the situation and it is currently being investigated. They were not able to release any specific details about the incident.

In the video, Mr. Yohn can be heard saying that, “He tried to blackmail me, he said ‘oh Mr. Yohn’ he said, ‘I’m going to get an A this quarter or I’m going to tell that you’re watching inappropriate things on TV an I saw it,'”.

Jeffrey says that he was not trying to blackmail Mr. Yohn into getting a good grade. 

VIDEO: Teacher Berating Student at East Bank Middle School

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