GoFundMe raises more than $140K for teacher who punched student
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An online fundraiser for a California teacher who was recorded on video punching a student who yelled racial slurs at him has surpassed $140,000.

GoFundMe page for Marston Riley, a music teacher at Maywood Academy High School in Los Angeles, had exceeded its initial $50,000 goal in just four days, topping $143,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.


Riley made headlines last week when he was captured on video striking a who repeatedly called him derogatory names and racial slurs.

NBC News reports that Riley was released on bond this weekend after being arrested on suspicion of child abuse. The student was treated for minor injuries. 

Cecilia Diaz Jimenez, who began the GoFundMe page, is a former colleague and current school district employee.

"We all may have mixed feelings about what happened. But please do know that this is not the first time that Mr. Riley is attacked; physically or verbally. He is a great person and a great teacher," Jimenez wrote on the fundraiser.

"Be mindful that the school district is looking at dismissing him and I would not doubt if the student's parents are looking into pressing criminal charges. I am sure Mr. Riley will need money to pay any fines, fees and lawyers. For those who continue to donate, Thank you!" she added.

Riley's arraignment is set for Nov. 30, according to NBC News. School officials told the network that they are meeting with parents "to begin the healing process." 

The Los Angeles Unified School District issued a statement Monday, according to The Washington Post, calling Riley's behavior "disturbing."

“We take this matter very seriously and do not condone violence or intolerance of any kind,” the statement said.

A spokesperson told the Post that the district could not comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.