We’ve heard of teachers dealing with violence from students, but preschool-age children? This could be something new about us…
A teacher at Pines Lakes Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Florida was found nearly beaten to death after apparently being unable to calm a 5-year-old student.
According to the police report, two students – one 4-year-old and one 5-year-old – began flipping chairs and throwing objects. The teacher, whose name has not been released, separates the children, taking the elderly to what they call the “cool” room. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work too well.
The boy is said to have beaten the adult woman with his hands and feet until she was in a “unresponsive” state – what they call boxing matches. Luckily, she was able to tell the rest of the staff that she “needs assistance” before heading out.
When police arrived, they found her sitting against a wall, collapsed and “in a state of fainting.” One respondent wrote:
“She was clearly very weak and dizzy. Then she started coughing and heaving dry… I was trying to get a response from [the victim] by asking if she could hear me or feel me touch her arm to which I received no response. [She] continued to blink and breathe steadily but was never able to respond with a voice or show any signs of reacting”.
Firefighters put her on a stretcher and took her to the Memorial District Hospital in nearby Hollywood, FL. The teacher was sent home after the treatment.
A statement from the Broward County Public Schools Communications Office commented on the matter, saying:
“The safety of our teachers, staff, and students is always a top priority for the District. There was an incident at Pines Lakes Elementary School on Wednesday, March 2 that resulted in a teacher being transported to a local hospital. The situation was investigated by Pembroke Pines Police and handled in accordance with County procedures. Due to privacy laws, the District is unable to provide any additional information and definitions to the Pembroke Pines Police. ”
There is currently a criminal investigation into the incident, but the Pembroke Pines Police Department confirmed the boy has not been arrested. Florida To be one of 27 states that doesn’t have a minimum age for arrest and prosecution, but police spokeswoman Amanda Conwell said WPLG It is highly unlikely that the child will face criminal charges because he is “underage for reasoning.” Though she did allow that “things could change” as it remains an open investigation.
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