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What happened to McClatchy High teacher arrested after wrestling student in class?

Q: What happened to McClatchy High teacher David Fritz, who wrestled a student and was arrested back in October 2015?

Deano, Sacramento

A: David Fritz, an English teacher at McClatchy High School, was arrested in October 2015 after what Sacramento Unified School District officials said was possibly an alcohol-fueled classroom wrestling incident with a student.

Fritz pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor count of battery in May 2016. He was sentenced to 30 days in a sheriff’s work project and three years of informal probation, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online.

School district officials said Fritz, who was 58 at the time, was placed on leave following the incident. His name appears on a district web page listing employees who retired in 2015-16.

District officials said videos showed Fritz, dressed in a Halloween costume, appearing to wrestle a student to the floor of a classroom. As word spread of the incident, students said friends began widely sharing classroom footage, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. A video clip posted on Twitter showed a teacher dressed in sunglasses; a puffy red polka-dot hat; and a black shirt, growling and throwing a student to the ground while the student was seated at his desk. The teacher appeared to be grabbing for the student’s cellphone.

The 15-year-old boy in the video told The Bee that Fritz entered the English class singing and dancing, then began cursing and yelling. The student said the teacher approached him for no known reason and pulled him from his desk. The student said he initially laughed, then told Fritz to stop. He said Fritz then began teaching with no explanation of his behavior.

The boy and another student went to the vice principal after class and reported Fritz’s behavior.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy