Christopher McNeil has resigned from position as deputy principal of Knox Middle School in Salisbury after being caught on camera threatening and assaulting a student. A video posted on Facebook reported by WBTV 3. McNeil is seeing cursing at the student and confirming that he understood what the consequences of his actions would be even before he put his hands on the child.
”You keep cracking your knuckles,” he says. “You do what you do because when you hit me, I’m going to beat the —- out of you, I’m telling you now. I’m telling you what I’m going to do. I’m going to put my hands on you.”
According to The News & Observer, McNeil released a statement to the media.
“I am sad for the students and teachers at Knox Middle School who I have dedicated my life to supporting and helping,” reads the statement. “I pray for their safety and success every day. Many of those students have had a tough hand dealt them, and I have spent my career trying to provide love and support for students that are wrestling with many challenges they bring with them to school every day.”
McNeil maintained that he is “not afraid afraid of people hearing the entire story of what recently transpired in the classroom at Knox,” The Daily Beast reports. McNeil taught at Knox since 2016, and had been with the Rowan-Salisbury School System since 2005.
The school district has not indicated if any further disciplinary action will be brought against McNeil. The district only statement was the “safety of all students and staff are the highest priority of Rowan-Salisbury Schools.”