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Lawyers appear in court for former West Haven teacher in chair-pulling incident

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David Pfaff. (West Haven police photo) David Pfaff. (West Haven police photo)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The case of a former science teacher in West Haven caught on camera pulling a seat out from under a student was continued on Wednesday.

David Pfaff has since apologized for what happened at Bailey Middle School and said he'd like another chance to teach someday.

In the video, a officials said a frustrated Pfaff could be seen yanking the chair from under a student he felt was being disruptive in class.

The incident happened in November. Pfaff was not only dumped by the school district, he was brought up on charges by police for reckless endangerment and breach of peace.

In November, however, he said he panicked and admitted that he may have used too much force, regardless of what the student may have done.

"People go on the news all the time and say 'I'm really sorry for what happened' and they're only sorry because they got caught," Pfaff said. "I'm genuinely sorry."

Bailey Middle School parents told Eyewitness News that they understand teaching can be hard. However, they felt his reaction was out of line.

On Wednesday morning, is attorney Hugh Keefe claims he was simply trying to discipline a student who was being disruptive in class and refused to move from his seat.

"It seems to me a total absolute over reaction and this should have been handled with the principal, the school psychologist, the parents of the young lad and Mr Pfaff,” Keefe said. “But that's not the day we live in today. Teachers and police are second guessed by everybody."

Keefe discussed how his client is doing since he is jobless and facing serious charges.

"He's not doing well.  He's unemployed, he can't find a job,” Keefe said. “He's gotten a lot of negative publicity. Hopefully when this is over, he'll be able to rebuild his reputation."

Pfaff was set to face a judge in Milford Superior Court on Wednesday morning until the continuation. His next court date is set for Jan. 21. 

Pfaff is free with a promise to appear at his next court appearance where he is expected to plead guilty and elect for a jury trial. 

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