SCS teacher on leave after allegedly assaulting student

WATCH: SCS teacher on leave after allegedly assaulting student

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Shelby County School teacher has been placed on leave pending an investigation.

According to the child's aunt, the child was grabbed and punched in the ribs by a teacher at Hickory Ridge Middle School.

The alleged incident happened on Thursday at Hickory Ridge Middle School.

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According to the police report, the situation unfolded very differently.

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Police called the incident a simple assault.

The mother of the student involved said she doesn't want her child going back to that school.

Chasity Balfour, the student's aunt, spoke to FOX13 about the alleged incident.

"He basically manhandled him. He pulled his coat over his head, punched him in the ribs, pinned him down," said Chasity Balfour.

Balfour she was furious and upset when she found out about the incident.

"If it would have been the other way around, if my nephew had assaulted the teacher, he would be in juvenile court, and he would be on 180 day, possibly kicked out of all SCS schools indefinitely," said Balfour.

The police report paints a very different picture.

The police report said the teacher tried to stop the student as he was walking out of the school in anger. At that point, the student punched the teacher. In self-defense, the teacher grabbed the student to prevent further assault.

Shelby County Schools sent a statement to FOX13 that read:

"Student safety is our top priority, and we always take any report involving student safety very seriously. These allegations were immediately reported to the appropriate authorities, and the matter is currently under investigation. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation."

The teacher has been placed on leave pending an investigation.

The student's mother spoke to us off camera and said that her biggest grievance is that SCS didn't contact her about what happened, it was her family that did.