Marquett Thinn, an Atlanta area high school teacher, was charged with battery this week after he appeared to shove a student to the ground in a cellphone video that has since gone viral

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Thinn was involved in an argument with a 14-year-old student sometime on Monday. When the boy tried to walk out of the room, Thinn appeared to push him over. 

The teacher has since left his position, school district officials confirmed to CNN on Thursday. He was booked into a county jail on charges of simple battery following a police investigation but has since been released on bail. 

Video: Teacher Shoves 14-Year-Old Student

On Monday, Thinn, 44, was teaching social studies at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia some 25 miles east of Atlanta, when he and a 14-year-old student began arguing

It’s not clear what started the dispute, as the Sheriff’s Office and school district have declined to offer specifics of the incident.

A 44-second clip of the episode, filmed by another student in the classroom, circulated on Facebook on Monday. Authorities later provided an edited, 39-second version of the video to media outlets

In the unedited footage, Thinn is heard yelling at the unnamed pupil, who gathers his things and heads toward the door. 

Georgia high school teacher Marquett Thinn was arguing with a 14-year-old student on Monday. A classmate's video captured the moment the dispute turned violent.
Georgia high school teacher Marquett Thinn was arguing with a 14-year-old student on Monday. A classmate’s video captured the moment the dispute turned violent. Photo credit: Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office

“Bro f— this s—, I’m out,” the student is heard to say. 

Thinn, blocking the exit, tells him to sit back down, but the student appears to ignore him, and his classmates begin to laugh. 

As the student strides toward the door, Thinn raises his voice before appearing to run into the teen, who falls to the ground with a thud — audibly shocking his classmates. 

“Stop, you don’t move,” Thinn is heard to say. “Sit your ugly a— down!”

Marquett Thinn continued yelling at the 14-year-old student after appearing to shove him down in a viral video.
Marquett Thinn continued yelling at the 14-year-old student after appearing to shove him down in a viral video. Photo credit: Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office

The student, who quickly stands back up, continues to protest while Thinn instructs him to find his seat. The clip ends suddenly. 

Marquett Thinn Facing Jail Time

The video circulated on social media Monday. It’s not clear if the 14-year-old student reported the incident to school administrators and police, or if they learned of the incident through the viral video. 

Rockdale school district officials Tuesday was Thinn’s last day as a faculty member at Salem High, where he had worked since August 2020. Administrators did not say whether the social studies teacher had been fired or if he resigned. 

“We work diligently to investigate all allegations of employee misconduct,” said district spokesperson Cindy Ball in a statement to CNN

“Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) expects all employees to conduct themselves professionally and ethically to provide a positive teaching and learning environment for students and staff,” Ball added. 

If convicted of battering his 14-year-old student, Marquett Thinn could face up to a year in jail.
If convicted of battering his 14-year-old student, Marquett Thinn could face up to a year in jail. Photo credit: Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office

Following a brief investigation by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Thinn was formally charged with simple battery. He voluntarily turned himself into authorities on Wednesday afternoon, and was soon released on $2,000 bond, reports indicate. 

The 14-year-old student, whose name has not been released and who has not publicly identified himself, sustained a wrist injury during the alleged attack, the sheriff’s office added. 

Under Georgia’s criminal code, an individual commits simple battery when they “intentionally make physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” with another person, or by “intentionally causing physical harm.” The charge is a misdemeanor.

If convicted of simple battery, Georgia residents face up to one year behind bars and could be on the hook for as much as $1,000 in fines — though the young age of Thinn’s alleged victim could earn him a greater sentence, if he is found guilty.