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Mark Black, who is also the wrestling coach at Santa Monica High School, pinned a student to the ground in the fight.

The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral Friday.


The longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh, and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground.

Students who witnessed the fight are supporting Black, saying the teacher was trying to confiscate something drug-related from the student.

On Monday, Santa Monica police announced the arrest of an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old in connection to the classroom scuffle and said they were seeking battery charges against both students from L.A. prosecutors.

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