A Washington County High School teacher has been put on paid administrative leave after a parent issued a warrant for his arrest.

Trisha Guy says Physical Education teacher from Fruitdale High School Steve Hardin assaulted her 15-year-old son and she wants answers.

Video of the incident was posted to Facebook by the student's mother and is causing rage. According to Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer, a warrant has been signed for the arrest of Fruitdale High School coach Steve Hardin.

"I'm upset," Guy said.

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer said the incident started around 3:15 p.m. Monday when the student "throat chopped" the coach. Stringer said the student then ran and the coach chased him down.

"Several times before it's been okay to horse play with the coach. He's always been fine with it. Now all of a sudden this day he wants to snap basically?" Guy said. "The first part of it he thought they were playing until The coach grabbed his shirt and slam against the fence. That's when he realize the coach wasn't playing."

The video shows Hardin pinning Guy's son to the ground with a knee on his chest. Hardin is then seen grabbing his shirt and pulls him to his feet.

"My heart just dropped. I mean, to sit there and watch your son to be handled like that is something else," Guy said.

Guy says she admits what her son did was wrong, but the outcome should've been a lot different.

"My son has marks on his back and marks on his chest and around his throat. You tell me that's not physical harm. That is!" Guy said.

According to Guy, she went to the Washington County Sheriff's Office to file an arrest warrant for Hardin. According to authorities, Hardin turned himself in but quickly posted his $500 bond for one count of harassment. The school system is still looking into the incident.

In a statement sent to FOX10 News, Washington County School System Superintendent John Dickey said, "The incident is still under investigation by the school system. The teacher has been put on administrative leave until the investigation warrants further action."

According to the sheriff's office, Hardin is due in court on November 19. 

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