Posted on April 18, 2018

Deputies: Substitute Gym Teacher Put ‘Trash-Talking’ Student in Choke Hold

FOX News, April 16, 2018


According to investigators, a 12-year-old student at Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven told his school resource officer that his P.E. coach, Robert Knight, had choked him on Wednesday. The student admitted “smack-talking,” which apparently led to Knight to take his shirt off and challenge the boy to a fight.

When the teen declined — “because Knight is a 30-year-old man,” the arrest affidavit notes — the substitute coach wrapped his arm around the boy’s neck and shoved him to the wall.  Other students intervened and pulled him off the boy.

When detectives questioned Knight, they say he told them the boy “does a lot of trash-talking.”


Knight claimed that he had blacked out. When he came to, he said, the students told him he had grabbed the student around the neck.