Students at a Texas high school allegedly formed a mob and attacked an assistant principal, who was beaten so badly she was unable to talk and was rushed to the hospital.
“Three or four other kids jumped in on her. Just pummeled her to the ground, and they started kicking her and pulling her hair,” said one teacher, who didn’t want to be identified, according to KPRC 2 TV News Houston. “She loves those kids. She is the nicest person, and she’s the best administrator that we have at Westfield High School.”
The principal was attacked at the 9th Grade Center at Westfield High School, with her father saying it’s unclear how long she will remain in the hospital, as she suffers from serious head injuries, according to Fox News.
The Spring Independent School District (ISD) is also under fire after a teacher disputed its official account of what happened.
“This morning, an altercation occurred between multiple students at Westfield High School 9th Grade Center, resulting in a precautionary hold,” said a statement by the ISD. “School administrators and police officers were able to intervene and stop the fighting quickly, and identify students involved for discipline.
“As a result of the incident, a staff member was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. All students involved in the altercation will be subject to the full extent of disciplinary action available. We take these issues very seriously as the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. There will be no tolerance for any altercations or disruptions to learning.”
But one teacher who spoke with KPRC 2 said that account isn’t true.
“When you call for help to the front office, nobody ever shows up,” she said, adding the entire campus only has two officers. “We don’t feel safe. Faculty don’t feel safe… if the parents knew how unsafe the inside of the school is, they would be upset.”
Just a few days previously, a video went viral of a another local Houston area teacher getting punched in the face at a school over a cellphone.
“He grabbed me by the shirt and he started screaming ‘give me my f’ing phone N-word,’” Lamar High School teacher Steve Carpentier told KHOU 11 TV News “And then the next thing I knew, you know, I got a right hook to my left cheek. The only thing after that was ‘let’s get him out of here.'”
The violence is causing more teachers to leave the profession, one former teacher told the new station.
“I was physically assaulted,” former educator Amina Emejdoubi, told KHOU 11. “A kid threw a rock at me when I was teaching. Teachers don’t want a lot, they just want to feel supported within the classroom and also safe.”
It also comes months after a disturbing video showed a high schooler severely injuring a teacher at the Georgia high school.
And just a few weeks ago, a Las Vegas high schooler pleaded guilty to attempted murder, sexual assault, battery and other charges.