Video shows dispute between student and ex-Wyoming HS worker

A still image from surveillance video of the Jan. 26, 2016 dispute between former Wyoming High School employee Rueben Riley and a student. (Courtesy: Wyoming High School)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) – Newly released video shows why the former dean of students at Wyoming High School is charged with assault involving a student.

School surveillance video obtained by 24 Hour News 8 shows Rueben Riley taking a disruptive sophomore out of a classroom on Jan. 26.

The video shows them struggle in the hallway until Riley pushes the 15-year-old boy into a gymnasium, where he throws the teenager to the ground.

The video shows a staff member running over to break up the dispute. According to his statement to administrators, the staff member said he had to keep Riley and the student separated as he led them both to the office.

Riley and the student were arguing and swearing at each other during the entire recording.

The teen involved in the Jan. 26, 2016 incident.
The teen involved in the Jan. 26, 2016 incident.

The student and his mother told 24 Hour News 8 last month that the student was being too loud and was asked to leave the classroom twice.

He left on his own the first time. The second time, they said, the 15-year-old refused.

Riley, who was also an assistant coach for the school’s football team, was fired the day after the dispute, according to a statement by the district.

However, a number of students have demanded he be reinstated.

Riley is charged with misdemeanor assault. Jury selection is scheduled for next month in the case.

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