On Sunday, a middle school student died after being rushed into the emergency room with a head injury.
The 15-year-old student was rushed to a local hospital after an argument in a room on Thursday.
The student’s father, identified only as Peter, told ABC News the incident was “out of character” and that he was “surprised” when his son died.
“It’s a pretty horrific story,” Peter told ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday.
“I thought that he would be alive.
He was just a good student, a good kid.
He would do anything for anybody.”
The father said he had been told that the student had been involved in a “straw poll” with a group of boys who were “trying to get him to go to a school of his choice.”
The teacher, identified by ABC News as Thomas Broussard, is on paid administrative leave after he was notified of the incident, and his department said that “appropriate disciplinary action” would be taken.
Peter told ABC that the teacher, who he called “a wonderful teacher,” had taken a “chance” by allowing his son to stay in the room.
“I’ve been with him since I was 15, and he’s a great teacher,” he said.
“He never had any problems with any students or parents, he just did whatever he had to do.”
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Brouson said he was not concerned about the boy’s age.
“When I first met him, I told him to stop messing around, and I would be the first one to know when he’s going to get the flu,” he told ABC.
“He was 15.
I’m sure he could’ve taken care of himself.”
Peter said he has received death threats in response to his son’s death, and that his son had never been in trouble with the law.
“The teacher just took a chance on him, and if he’s in trouble, the teacher can always come and take him home,” Peter said.
“There’s no need to worry.
He’s my kid.”ABC News’ Matt Stoller contributed to this report.