NEW YORK -- It's the video clip from MTV's "Jersey Shore" that's already registered millions of views on YouTube, and when it airs Thursday night, producers hope it'll get plenty more.
A drunken man was captured by MTV cameras sucker-punching one of the reality show's female stars. That man has been identified as a Long Island high school gym teacher who has since been suspended, the New York Post reports.
Deer Park, was arrested in August for punching out Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill in Seaside Heights on Aug. 19, local police tell the Post.
The highly publicized punch reportedly got Ferro booted from the classroom at North Hills Community High School in Queens and reassigned to a "rubber room" - a temporary reassignment center where employees await disciplinary hearings on offenses.
Department of Education officials said they hadn't been informed about his arrest earlier because it occurred out of state. They only learned of the smackdown after it was featured in commercials promoting MTV's "Jersey Shore."
At the time of the incident, the gym teacher was told by bouncers to lay off the drinks after he began acting disorderly. However Fero managed to swipe some booze from Snooki and her pals that had been left unattended, which ultimately led to the physical altercation.
The punch knocked Snooki off her barstool, but she did not receive medical treatment.
Ferro was arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct just after 2 a.m.
Ferro has been teaching at the Middle Village school for struggling students since September 2008.
Meanwhile, the MTV reality TV series continues to catch flack over the incident. Advocates say it portrays violence against women, and stereotypes Italian-Americans as violent, irresponsible, and offensive.
Some of the show's sponsors, including Domino's Pizza and American Family Insurance, have already pulled their advertisements from the program, saying the show's ideals don't align with their marketing strategy.
Teacher Suspended After Punching "Jersey Shore" Star
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