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News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Arraignment Today For Santa Monica High Student Involved In Teacher Fight

Blair Rodrick Moore.
Courtesy Of SMPD
Blair Rodrick Moore.

Posted Apr. 8, 2014, 9:22 am

Mirror Staff

An 18-year-old Santa Monica High School student will be arraigned today at the LAX branch courthouse on a handful of charges relating to his suspected involvement in a physical altercation with a teacher inside a classroom on Friday.

The student, identified Tuesday by the Santa Monica Police Department as Blair Rodrick Moore, is charged on suspicion of threatening a school official, battery against a school employee, being in possession of a weapon (box cutter), and in possession of marijuana.

A second student, aged 16, who was also arrested in relation to the incident is charged with battery against a school employee. Police have not identified this male student as he is a minor.

SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said the 16 year old's court date will not be until 60 days after his arrest date.

Moroso said there has been no specific date at this time.

On Friday, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District superintendent Sandra Lyon wrote to parents via email at 3:30 pm saying that a teacher had been placed on leave after a physical altercation with a student inside a classroom earlier in the day.

That teacher has since been identified as Mark Black, a long-time science teacher and wrestling coach at the school.

Meanwhile, an online petition to reinstate Black has gained more than 6,000 supporters.

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Apr. 8, 2014, 10:17:29 am

Candy said...

You go Mr. Black. So proud that he stood up for what's right. Let this be a lesson to all other drug dealers and thugs that think they can walk all over people who are just trying to give them an education.

Apr. 8, 2014, 10:55:12 am

Helen Coleman said...

Ditto Candy. I graduated from SAMOHI and was outraged to think Coach Black was suspended. This fine teacher should receive the TEACHER OF THE YEAR award. He should be honored once, twice, three times. The student should be removed and never allowed to attend SAMO ever again.

Apr. 8, 2014, 11:01:58 am

xboomer said...

Sandra Lyon should be the one suspended, not Coach Black. If Sandra Lyon's runs for superintendent lets send her a message with a no vote.

Apr. 8, 2014, 11:31:05 am

Helen Logan said...

We need to show our teachers all the support we can.Those students were disrupted and had dugs on them,school is for learning,not getting high(on drugs) education only :)

Apr. 8, 2014, 12:14:52 pm

martin marteen said...

add my name in support of reinstating Mr Black, pending investigation. As a long tim critic of teachers and specially the self serving Teachers' Union, putting Mr Black on leave sends th wrong message. When a teacher does the right thing, they need to be supported not subjected to implicit approbration. Mr Black is not in any way endangering the students, while the investigation is pending. Isthe super full filling his duties while on leave? Who is? What does that cost? more over what does that accomplish. ?

Apr. 8, 2014, 7:03:19 pm

Louis said...

Mr Black stood up for all the teachers and vast majority of kids who come to school ready to learn. Students like Blair Rodrick Moore are victims of nothing. They are entitled punks.

Apr. 8, 2014, 8:14:00 pm

Po Tayste said...

So I guess this is the black on Black crime you always hear about.

Apr. 9, 2014, 12:43:35 pm

Candy Again... said...

I love you guys for supporting what is right. Stupid punk should be expelled. And, Lyons should be on administrative leave as well for slandering Mr. Black. So tired of incompetence and petulance.

Apr. 9, 2014, 10:59:33 pm

Robert (Bob) Smith. said...

I support Mr Black, but some of you should 'proofread' your comments for spelling errors, before clicking on the 'submit' button. Bob

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