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Teacher Yells At Student Who Claims He Saw Him Looking At Porn In Classroom

The boy said, "I saw something no 13-year-old should ever see in a school."

A middle school teacher in East Bank, West Virginia, has been temporarily removed from the class after a video was posted showing him verbally berating a student.

The reason for the outburst: The 13-year-old student claims he saw the teacher watching porn alone in the classroom.

However, no evidence of porn has been found on the teacher's computers, according to the school's principal.

Jeffrey Province said when he entered his 6th grade math class on Tuesday, he observed teacher Thomas Yohn staring at his computer screen, WOWK-TV reports.

Province's mother, Carmelene Short, decided to go public with the incident and joined her son in a televised segment. 

"I saw something no 13-year-old should ever see in a school," Province told the station.

Province told his mom the scene he saw featured a man and two women discussing a threesome.

From what he told her, she doesn't think there was actual sex.  

"It's still not appropriate viewing," she told HuffPost.

Province reported Yohn to the principal, who apparently discussed the accusation with the teacher.

A short time later, Yohn burst into Province's English class, and confronted him in front of other students.

One of them secretly filmed the encounter and posted it online.

In the video, Yohn can be heard saying the following:

“Next time you open your big, stinking mouth, pal, I will write you up and send you to the office for coming into my room without permission. Is that clear?

“What I watch as an adult is my choice. You as a child wait in the hall until you’re invited into my room -- is that clear?”

Yohn also accused Province of threatening him.

"He tried to blackmail me," Yohn said in the video. "[Province] said, 'Oh, Mr. Yohn,' he said, 'I'm going to get an A this quarter or I'm going to tell that you're watching inappropriate things on TV and I saw it.'"

Short said the incident was all over social media before her son had a chance to tell her what happened in school.

"By the time he got home, his grandpa was calling me asking, 'You see the video?'"

Short said her son has had difficulties with Yohn this school year.

"At first, I thought it was just my son," she said. "He's no saint. Then I found out the other kids thought the teacher was a hot head."

Now Short is mad that Yohn yelled at her son, that the English teacher let Yohn interrupt her class, and that school officials didn't contact her about the incident.

"I had to find out about it on the Internet," she said.

School principal Mike Wilkinson told The Huffington Post that Yohn's behavior on the video is "unacceptable," but he wouldn't say if the teacher had been suspended.

"I can tell you he is not in the building," he said.

The porn accusation is being investigated, but so far, there's no proof it happened, Wilkinson said.

"Yohn's computers were seized and no porn was found on any of them," Wilkinson said.

Short said she has no plans to pursue any legal action.

"I don't want to see a teacher get fired, but he shouldn't treat kids that way," she said.

This story has been updated to include quotes from Carmelene Short.

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