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      Violent student/teacher fight caught on cell phone video

      (AP) -- A Santa Monica High School teacher has been placed on leave after cellphone videos showed a fight with a student.

      Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon sent a letter to parents Friday notifying them about the classroom confrontation.

      In the letter, Lyon says the videos were "utterly alarming."

      School officials said Mark Black, who's also a wrestling coach, was put on leave pending an investigation.

      City News Service reports no one was injured in the fight. The student's name has not been released.

      The teacher confronted the student after he was allegedly selling marijuana in his classroom.

      A Facebook page supporting the teacher had over 4,000 likes as of April 5.

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