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OKLAHOMA CITY - A former teacher has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors, accused of assaulting two middle school students in January.

Douglas Ford, 61, is charged with assault and battery after police said he attacked two boys at Jefferson Middle School.

According to court documents, the boys were both students in Douglas' class. During the last day of school, they told Douglas they had to use the bathroom but he wouldn't let them, the affidavit said.

After class, police contend, the boys walked down the hall to the bathroom. As one boy was preparing to enter, Douglas pushed him in the chest, knocking him backwards, according to the affidavit.

"He kind of shoved me, tried to push me away from the door," said Christopher Graham, one of the victims. "After that, all my stuff just fell on the ground."

At that point, according to documents, Douglas grabbed the other boy by the shirt and pulled him into the corner of the bathroom.

When Graham entered the bathroom to defend his friend, police said Douglas pushed and kicked him in the leg.

"When I walk in the bathroom, I see he got my friend in the corner finishing him," Graham said. "So, I was trying to move away, and that’s when all of it happened."

Graham's mother, Tiara Masters, remembers the day in January when it happened. Her son had come home later than usual.

"When he came in, I asked him what took him so long and he said, ‘Well, can you call the cops?’ I said ‘For what?’ He said ‘My teacher attacked me.’" Masters recalled.  "It’s really scary to know someone can do that to someone else’s child when they’re supposed to be there to teach them and to protect them."

Since that day, Masters said her son has been unhappy at school and targeted by other teachers and students. He will not be returning to Jefferson for his eighth grade year.

Douglas is no longer a teacher at Jefferson. He lost his job after the State Department of Education revoked his teaching certification, a district spokeswoman told NewsChannel 4.

Douglas' attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment. A woman who answered the door at his home told NewsChannel 4 Douglas was out of town.

Douglas has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is scheduled for trial in December.