HENDERSON, Nev. -- A substitute teacher at a Henderson high school was caught on camera screaming unusual comments at a crowd of students.
The rant at Foothill High School Friday morning did not last long, but witnesses told 8 News NOW that the substitute teacher, identified as McDonald Bently, stood up on a planter and then on a bench, telling them to get out of Las Vegas while they could and to go to New York to see the quality of life.
Witnesses also said he threw a carton of orange juice onto the ground.
Bently was eventually pinned down by other teachers and taken to the hospital.
The school was not in lockdown, but there were some tense moments. Some kids were afraid, others laughed and some clapped.
"I was confused and I was scared, I didn't know what was going on, I was scared like, what if he had a weapon, what if he started getting physical and what if he got violent," freshman Jacqueline Viramontes said.
Students say Bently is usually laid back in class.
Clark County School District Police would only say that it was a medical episode.
The district says substitute teachers go through the same background check as any employee. Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says an investigation into the outburst is underway.
"We're evaluating the situation. We're trying to figure out what's going on. We want to ensure the safety of all of our students so as soon as we can get to the bottom of this, we will, to make sure that our students are safe. But also, if that individual has some difficulties, we want to make sure that they're taken care of as well," Skorkowsky said.