ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A Clay County teacher is facing a serious charge for allegedly injuring one of his students.
According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office Oakleaf Junior High School P.E. teacher, Michael Ford, 42, was charged with one count of child abuse for putting a 13 year-old student in a choke hold.
Hapreet Maholtra's sixth grader is a student at the school. She was surprised to hear about the allegations against her son's teacher.
"He said, 'Mom the gym teacher tried to choke a student,'" said the mother.
According to the arrest warrant, it all started over chair that Ford believed the student broke. Ford confronted the teen about the chair but the teen denied breaking it and started to walk away.
The report says Ford then followed the student, put him in a choke hold and pushed him up against a guardrail.
Another member of the school staff witnessed the incident.
Sergeant Bruce Owens responded to the call from the teen's mother.
"I saw an abrasion on his arm," said Owens. "The redness on his neck had dissipated."
Action News has learned Ford has been a teacher with the district since 2004 and this is not the first time he's been in trouble.
According to the Clay County School Board, in November of last year Ford and signed a letter of reprimand for making "inappropriate comments to students."
The school board would not go into detail as to what those comments were.
Maholtra hopes school officials will take action if the allegations are true.
"They should fire [him]. The teacher should not even get close to schools because this is awful," said Maholtra.
Ford has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.