Teacher arrested after altercation with student over football game, shirt

Mike Henry, of Millennium Middle School in Sanford, released on bail

SANFORD, Fla. – A teacher at Millennium Middle School in Sanford is facing battery charges after a physical altercation with a student, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

Mike Henry, a 56-year-old physical education teacher, was arrested Friday, authorities said.

Henry was taken into custody and then released after posting bond, deputies said.

Henry tried to prevent the student from leaving a school locker room without a shirt after the student was upset over a loss in a football game, according to deputies.

Henry attempted to stop the student by blocking the door of the locker room, deputies said. According to the student, Henry grabbed him and slammed him against a wall, the sheriff's report said.

The student, who had a bump on his forehead, said he had intended to put his shirt on after leaving the locker room, according to authorities.

Millennium Middle School in Sanford
Millennium Middle School in Sanford

A representative for Seminole County Public Schools confirmed Henry's arrest, but said the district would defer to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office report for further details.

SCPS said Monday that Henry has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

According to school officials, here's Henry's work history with Seminole County.

1989 – 1990: Coach at Oviedo High School
1990 – 1991: Physical education teacher at Milwee Middle School
1991 – current:  Physical education teacher at Lakeview Middle School, currently called Millennium Middle School

Some parents in the community shared their concerns after hearing the news. 

"You don't put your hands on a child," said Stephanie Swain, a parent of another student. "I don't know the circumstances, but you don't put your hand on a child."