HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- When we were in high school, "substitute" meant the lunatics could run the asylum, but some students at South Hagerstown High seem to want a return to martial law.
An online petition states James Knodle was suspended for using excessive force when he allegedly tackled an insubordinate student.
A letter that accompanies the petition praises Knodle's teaching ability and argues that he didn't use excessive force.
Police found no record of a police response to the school involving Knodle, the Herald-Mail reported. Knodle and a Washington Public Schools spokesman both declined to comment to the Herald-Mail about the matter.
Sarah Riley, the student government's recording secretary, presented the petition to the school board last week, the Herald-Mail reported. She said Knodle, a social studies teacher and softball coach, has been suspended since April 23.
A long-term is teaching Knodle's classes.