SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A Horizon High School student was cleared from charges stemming from a May 2012 food fight in his cafeteria.
Conner Floyd tells ABC15 that he was trying to get out of the way when he was tackled and pinned to the floor. Cell phone video shows what appears to be a teacher then kicking him.
"It isn't every day someone gets tackled by a teacher," he said. "I was shocked and embarrassed."
What was worse is that after the incident, he was informed that he would face felony assault charges based on a teacher's claims.
"No one should have to go through that," said his mother Melissa. "It was very emotional."
A judge heard testimony this week and reviewed cell phone video of the food fight and found Floyd "not delinquent" in a juvenile court which is the same as a "not guilty" ruling for adults.
"It is not just what I went through, but watching my mom go through it," he said. "It was heartbreaking."
Floyd's attorney, Jason Lamm tells ABC15 that it is still possible for charges to be considered against the teachers for their actions against Floyd.
Melissa said she wants to see better procedures in place to protect students and teachers and not put teachers in a position to play "security guard" in these types of situations.
She also hopes her son's story will offer hope to others who are in a situation where they are wrongfully accused.
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