Project Veritas catches a San Francisco teachers union official admitting he hits students, and explains how to make it look like an accident. Two Project Veritas journalist went undercover at the United Educators of San Francisco. The undercover journalists met with Antonio Mankini, the Staff Organizer and Treasurer of the United Teachers of San Francisco. In the first meeting, the undercover journalist posed as a friend of a teacher who had hit a student.
PV Journalist: If the teacher that himself confirmed that it had happened, but it wasn’t just a matter of correcting the kid in an unorthodox corporal way, not spanking necessarily, I don’t mean like spanking, but literally hitting, it would still, but…
Antonio Mankini: I can see grabbing a kid, I can see throwing a kid up against a locker. Not that I’ve ever done that…okay once, maybe twice. But striking a kid is pretty serious stuff you know with a fist. Slapping is one thing, hitting is serious, whether it’s to the face or the chest or whatever, you know.
PV Journalist: That’s the situation that no one knows about it, except the kid and the teacher.
Antonio Mankini: Were there any witnesses? Just keep it that way. Seriously. If there weren’t any witnesses, its your word against the kid’s. Kids f***ing lie. Seriously. I mean I know it’s, I’ll disavow any knowledge of this conversation. But you know what? It’s your word against the kid’s. Hell, maybe you really didn’t hit him. He walked into your fist. I don’t know, I wasn’t there. But if there were no witnesses, then you have that deniability and that’s something that could be used. No I didn’t do it. There’s no scars, marks, tattoos, or bruises or anything. There’s no evidence.
PV Journalist: If word got out from the kid, the union would be able to vouch for the teacher’s side of the story?
Antonio Mankini: Well I don’t know about vouch, I mean, we don’t go to the paper or anything like that. So, maybe you just shoved the kid.
PV Journalist: To potentially get him to, prove him…that there’s no proof that he did it.
Antonio Mankini: Yeah
PV Journalist: I mean even if he actually did it…they would still vouch for him?
Antonio Mankini: Yeah. I mean, teachers have smacked kids before. And…Sometimes they’re still working.
PV Journalist: And people don’t know about it? Like in terms of press or authorities?
But the thing is to just not say anything about it? Yeah. And if it does get out, treat it like it’s a rumor.
Antonio Mankini: Yeah, because it is, because there’s no proof.
PV Journalist: Okay
Antonio Mankini: Unless of course the kid’s got a big bruise on his chest.
The second undercover journalist posed as the teacher who hit a student.
PV Journalist: Okay, but I think that I did cross the line probably. So maybe I should…
Antonio Mankini: It wasn’t a closed fist…you just kinda, kinda…dude you know.
PV Journalist: It was a punch but it was a swat sort of like that.
Antonio Mankini: And it didn’t really hurt him.
PV Journalist: No, no he was taken aback by it. I think it more shocked him than anything. It shocked me too.
Antonio Mankini: Yeah, so I mean…
PV Journalist: Just say, I don’t know what you’re talking about, or you now, that was nothing.
Antonio Mankini: Yeah, because it wasn’t, you weren’t trying to hit him you were just trying to, i mean you know, you were…I don’t know but
PV Journalist: I know you see a lot of this okay.
Antonio Mankini: Yeah.
PV Journalist: How many… does it happen? Have you seen similar things and have you just seen it go away? I think that’s my, you know my…
Antonio Mankini: I’ve seen it go away more than anything else. A lot of kids don’t come forward with it. It’s how they’re treated at home. It’s this whole behavior thing, you know, I don’t know if he’s a kid of color or not of color. Doesn’t really matter, they’re still just kids and most of the time it just goes away. But mostly the kids that I’ve had altercations with it became physical of some sort with either they or me and then or course I used a restraint. I spent 17 years with law enforcement so I know ways to..it’s like I told them, I could hurt you and never leave a mark.
PV Journalist: Oh my God. I wish I knew how sometimes right?
Antonio Mankini: Elbows are awesome, weapons too, they are harder than fist and yeah it’s intense stuff so.
PV Journalist: And we’re a lot bigger than they are too.
Antonio Mankini: I said, you know, I can use equal force. My force is bigger than yours though, my equal is bigger than yours, it’s math class. I mean I clotheslined a kid in a class one time, you know and of course I was pretending I was pointing at the kids and the kids saw the kid went down. Well, and all I did was like he was coming by, he wasn’t even supposed to be in my class and I kind of saw out of my peripheral vision, so I said, you know if you go over here and he ran into my arm. I mean, he ran into my arm. He wasn’t supposed to be in my class and of course I caught him here and he went down backwards.
PV Journalist: Whoa.
Antonio Mankini: And that one still bothered me. That one, yea, because I crossed the line. I know, I mean, I made it look like an accident and all the witnesses would have said no he ran into my arm. I didn’t like reach over to knock him down you know. He ran into me.
PV Journalist: Yeah, so it clotheslined the guy.
Antonio Mankini: So that clotheslined him you know.