Deerfield Beach High School teacher charged

By Jacey Birch, Reporter, Anchor, jbirch@Local10.com
Published On: Oct 01 2012 11:08:17 AM EDT
Updated On: Oct 02 2012 04:47:25 AM EDT

Deerfield Beach High School students are shocked to hear one of their teachers is accused of hitting his wife and threatening to kill her.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -

A 54-year-old teacher at Deerfield Beach High School is charged in a domestic violence case.

Gregory Richardson, who has worked at Deerfield Beach High School as a health and physical education teacher for eight years, was arrested Saturday.

According to an arrest report, Richardson hit his wife in the face, pulled her by the hair, squeezed her arm and then threatened to kill her after she fell on the bed. His wife locked herself in the bathroom and told police she feared for her life because Richardson keeps his gun inside the nightstand next to the bed.

Police reported finding a loaded revolver in the nightstand inside the bedroom.

Students and parents were stunned by the news.

"Everybody in the school is wondering how this happened because you would never expect it from him," said Joshua Pete, a sophomore.

"It's upsetting. These people are dealing with children. If they can't control themselves at home, how are they going to be able to control themselves with our children?" said Teresa Turim.

"Wow. Now, that is shocking because he used to always get on the boys about picking on the girls," said Cynteria Wood, a sophomore.

Students had nicknamed Richardson "trainer" for the work he did in the sports department.

"You didn't see him as a violent or aggressive person?" asked Local 10's Jacey Birch.

"That's the last thing I would see him as," said Pete.

Richardson's wife wasn't home Monday when Local 10 stopped by, but his neighbors said they often heard the couple fighting.

"Oh, noise. Before that, a lot of noise. They fight, I don't know what they fight about but a lot of noise. Only from him. I don't hear from her," said Van Chow.

Another neighbor said he witnessed the arrest Saturday evening.

"I just heard the Broward Sheriff came over there and then the microphone called, 'There's a female inside the house. Come out. The man in the house -- come out,'" said Gene Prince.

Richardson was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Battery.

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