Student arrested for allegedly attacking teacher over grades
A Nevada high school student has been arrested for allegedly assaulting and attempting to kill his teacher during a class discussion over his grades.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) said on Friday Press release that an anonymous 16-year-old student was arrested for attempted murder, sexual assault, assault with intent to commit sexual assault, first degree kidnapping and robbery.
Police said the incident happened on Thursday after the student entered the classroom to “talk about his grades”. During the discussion, the student allegedly “became violent and began hitting the victim and strangling her until she lost consciousness,” according to the LVMPD statement.
Officers arrived at Eldorado High School Thursday afternoon and found a teacher being treated for multiple injuries in a classroom. Emergency personnel transported the teacher to a local hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.
The student fled the classroom after the alleged attack and was later found at another location and taken into custody “without incident”. He was then incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. The teacher, whose name has not been released, was discovered by another school employee.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) shared two posts related to the incident with Newsweek.
SDCC Superintendent Jesus Jara said “acts of violence, assault and bullying will not be tolerated in the Clark County School District” in a message to district staff, adding that “those who choose to engage in such activities will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“I am devastated and the SDCC family is in pain for the teacher who was assaulted at Eldorado High School,” Jara wrote. “Our hearts are heavy because of the violence committed against him, and we pray for his full recovery.”
“While this incident is now in the hands of the Metropolitan Police Department of Las Vegas, rest assured that this suspect will be held accountable for his actions,” he continued. “Let me reiterate unequivocally that violence will not be tolerated in Clark County schools or against our students or staff.”
In a message to parents, Eldorado High School Principal Christina Brockett said the incident marked “a difficult time for our school community”, while thanking “the staff who helped respond to the terrible situation and helped a colleague in need”.
“We do everything we can to support our students, our staff and our community,” Brockett said. “I want the Eldorado family to know that this is an isolated incident. The suspect has been arrested, thanks to the quick work of SDCC police.”
“Eldorado is an amazing school with students and staff who are there to support each other,” she continued. “Although it will take time, we will work through this and emerge a stronger Sundevil family.”
LVMPD declined to comment or provide further information on the incident when contacted by Newsweek.
Last October, Texas officials alleged that a Fort Bend County high school student injured a teacher in an “aggressive” attack. The following month, an investigation was launched in Fort Worth after a viral video allegedly showed a white student punching a black teacher.
Pine Lakes Elementary School in Florida was the site of an alleged attack by a much younger student last month. Police have accused a 5-year-old child of beating a teacher after he intervened in a fight between two other students, leaving the teacher with injuries that required hospitalization.