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NLR student blows smoke in teacher's face

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A video of a North Little Rock High School student blowing cigar smoke in a teacher's face has gone viral.

The video has been viewed more than 20,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. Not only is it drawing attention on social media, but also concern from parents in the school district.

"Outraged, completely outraged. There's no other way to describe it," said Tammy Boyce, a parent of a North Little Rock High School student.

Tammy Boyce couldn't believe what she was seeing when she came across the video on her Facebook page.

"The disrespect from children nowadays is overwhelming," said Boyce.

A mother of two, Boyce said she was shocked to hear the incident happened at her daughter's high school.

'My concerns are for my kids first and foremost, that they are forced to be in an environment like this. I'm concerned for the teachers, for their safety," said Boyce.

According to a police report, the video was taken in a North Little Rock High School classroom on Monday. After a student refused to take his test in the hallway, the teacher threatened to call a supervisor and write the student up. The teacher said as he reached for the intercom, the student said "hit that button, I dare you." The teacher hit the button and moments later the student lit a cigar, walked to the front of the classroom and blew smoke in the teacher's face three times. The student was escorted from the classroom by a school supervisor. On the way out of the classroom, the student said, "I'll be back."

The school district said on Thursday that it's aware of the video and is investigating the incident. School officials feel the teacher handled the situation in the best manner possible.

"He was professional. He was calm, and he was mature and he didn't let the actions of the student interfere with his ability to control the situation," said Steve Canady, Safe Schools Coordinator for the NLRSD.

The school district would not comment if the student was in class on Thursday. The student is facing possible charges of abuse or insult to a teacher.